Size Matters!


Well last week I showed you how big cities celebrate July 4th in a big way. So as “turn about is fair play”,  I have taken a different road this week and have highlighted some small towns and their festivals. Make no mistake, small doesn’t mean small in the typical sense but as it is relative to the situation. The attendance at the fireworks in New York City could easily be as many as a million people. That’s a lot of people but not for NYC where the population in that area is over 10 million. However if an event has 500 people attend in a town that has a population of 1000 people, that is a HUGE event! So again, it’s all relative. If you have the chance to attend an event in one of these smaller towns it is certainly worth the trip. It may be the road less traveled but it is a pleasant journey none the less! Just search your zip code to find some home town fun near you.

Ankeny Summer Fest Ankeny, IA 7/7-7/10

Since 1967. This summer tradition features many activities for the whole family including games, dances, softball tournament, bbq contest, a parade, talent show and musical entertainment, foods, and a fireworks finale.

Animas River Blues Festival Aztec, NM 7/9

Since 2006, a full day of Blues, Brews and Bar-b-que featuring Door Prizes of Guitars, Art, Gift Certificates and more! No pets or coolers allowed at the Festival…sorry. Tent camping IS available for FREE at Riverside Park for the event weekend. Make sure to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on! Admission $20 kids under 12 free.

Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market Bar Harbor, ME 7/9

Join us for the Native American Festival and Basket Makers Market. This popular festival, sponsored by the Maine Indian Basket Makers Alliance and the Abbe Museum is hosted on the campus of the College of the Atlantic and offers visitors, collectors and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, as quality and authenticity is the hallmark for this Indian Market.

Beaver Dam Lake Days Beaver Dam, WI 7/7-7/10

Since 1994. Community festival featuring live music, teen dance on Thursday, Fish boil on Friday, ski clinic, beer tasting, petting zoo, story time, kids Olympics and ski show on Saturday with fireworks after dusk, Sunday opens with a kids fishing tournament and all you can eat pancake breakfast and of course music until 6pm.

Horse and Hound Wine Festival Bedford, VA 7/9

Since 2005. Enjoy wine from nine of Virginia’s finest wineries while listening to good music and visiting art, craft and food vendors. Virginia’s most unique wine festival has numerous events throughout the day with horses and dogs as the primary attractions such as the Parade of Horses, agility dogs and muskrat racing. Families will enjoy this festival because it appeals to both young and old.

Berea Craft Festival Berea, KY 7/8-7/10

Since 1982. Featuring 120 Craft Artists from 20 states will be exhibiting and selling their work. Many of the artists will be exhibiting in Berea for the first time so there is much new work to see! There will be many educational craft demonstrations, including: pottery throwing, vegetable dying, blacksmithing, broom-making, bowl carving, tree-to-chair furniture making, silversmithing, lampwork bead- making, and more!

International Rock Skipping Contest Boothbay Harbor, ME 7/9

Since 2004. The Orne’s Candy Store International Rock Skipping Contest is a fun family event. Contestants are urged to have an appropriate Rock-Skipping Nickname. All ages welcome. This year “Slugger”, the Portland Sea Dogs Mascot will be appearing from noon to 1PM! Check web site for rules and competing divisions.

Slugburger Festival Corinth, MS 7/7-7/9

Since 1988, the ultimate tribute to this special hamburger is offered during three days of arts and crafts, live entertainment and rides. A unique festival named after a unique burger! Never had one? Or love ‘em and want more? Come and enjoy a slugburger plus entertainment, carnival rides, and games.

John C. Fremont Days Fremont, NE 7/8-7/10

Since 1987, a citywide historical festival with events ranging from living history encampments, car show, rodeo, continuous entertainment, muzzleloaders, craft show, food, carnival and parade. Children’s Entertainment, Historical Tours, SPAM recipe Cook-off, BBQ cook-off, historical parade, rodeo dance on Friday evening, City Auditorium dance and street dance both on Saturday evening, airplane and helicopter rides and more.

Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival Murfreesboro, TN 7/8-7/10

Since 1982, this event features the National Championships in old-time banjo, buckdancing and clogging. Includes delicious food, motorless parade, a juried arts and crafts show, a historic photo exhibit, “shaped-note” singing in the country church, working blacksmith shop and impromptu jam sessions that offer groups a full weekend of activities.

Underwater Music Festival Ramrod Key, FL 7/9

Since 1985, this unique experience gives divers and snorkelers an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the reef while surrounded by the sound of tunes ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Jimmy Buffet and the Beatles. Throughout the day, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary interjects messages designed to educate the public about the fragile reef environment.

Coon Dog Day Saluda, NC 7/9

Since 1964, features dog contests and judging, parade, crafts, music and more. Great food, live music, street dance and more were enjoyed. Coon Dog Day 5K race as well.

Nanticoke River Fest Seaford, DE 7/7-7/9

Since 1995, features a float-in, duck dash, pageants, a treasure hunt, 5K, canoe and kayak races, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, lighted boat parade, antique tractor show, car show, food vendors, entertainment and more.

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