Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover


This week I could not help but notice how many events had interesting names that really were misleading. Not as a way to deceive anyone, mind you. But rather in a way that one could misconstrue what the event was actually going to feature. I thought I would share of few of these with you this week and hope that you find them, well, interesting. The names were curious indeed. A GatorFest that has absolutely nothing to do with Gators; Not the reptilian ones in Florida or the famous university alumni. It turns out it is quite a whimsical event where the parade stands still and the people move around it. There is also a Tumbleweed festival that does take place in Kansas the tumbleweed capital of the world, but has absolutely nothing to do with Tumbleweeds. I found a Hamfest that doesn’t serve ham and a frog folly with no frogs. Hum, am I confused? Not really. I am amused. The culture and traditions throughout the U.S. never cease to amaze me. Events are fun, festive and sometime silly. I invite you to look for events that take place in your area this week by using the search box above. And try to look a little closer and not judge a book by it’s cover!

Tumblewood Festival Garden City, KS 8/27-8/28

Since 1993, family-oriented community celebration of arts and entertainment, mimes, jugglers, music and a range of ethnic foods. A festival filled with children’s activities and acts as well as two stages filled with tremendous regional, national, and international musical performers from various musical genres.

Hamfest Joplin, MO 8/26-8/27

Since 1991. Hosted by the Joplin Amateur Radio Club, this event with over 200 indoor tables, free parking, prizes and fun for all.

Leon Gatorfest Leon, WI 8/27-8/28

Leon Gatorfest features a “stand still” parade where the parade stands still and the people walk by. Gatorfest features fun for all ages with music, a Chicken-Q, stand still parade, kids games and inflatables, live music, chicken Q, food(including gator), ice cream, laundry basket softball, live reptile exhibit, arts and crafts show.

Frog Follies Auto Show Evansville, IN 8/26-8/28

Since 1975, one of the biggest street rod shows and swap meets in the Midwest, hot rods galore, concessions and a craft fair. Fun for the whole family with games, activities, and dances during the weekend. A women’s world and automotive swap meet is one of the largest in the United States held in conjunction with the rod run.

Crane Broiler Festival Crane, MO 8/27-8/28

Paying tribute to the days when the broiler industry thrived in the Ozarks, you’ll find arts and crafts, country music and delicious barbecue chicken. enjoy two full days of fun, food, music, and much more. There will be carnival rides for the kids, petting zoos full of animals, baseball games, horse-shoe tournaments, and other fun activities.

Batfest Austin, TX 8/27

Since 2005, Batfest!, one of Austin’s largest attended Arts and Crafts show, will feature Arts, Crafts, Music, Food, Bat Watching, Children’s Activities, and Educational Displays. All professional Artists and Craftspeople are invited to participate in Batfest!… Approximately 150 Booths will be set up in the Festival Area located on the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin.

North Country Moose Festival Colebrook, NH 8/26-8/28

Since 1992, moose calling contests and other moose-oriented fun, an antique-classic street rod auto show, hot air balloon rides, a Mardi Gras street parade and entertainment are included.

Ferret Buckeye Bash Columbus, OH 8/27

AFA Title Class ferret show sponsored by Heart of Ohio Ferret Rescue. Ohio’s Premier Championship Ferret Show 3 Championship Rings, Companion and All Specialty Rings.

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