Trading Up to Some Great Events

Did you ever hear the expression, “horse trade” or “trade days”? These terms come from a time when there was no Internet shopping and brick and mortar stores were in very short supply. The way to acquire goods that you needed was to attend Trade Days or Market Days. Everyone who had things to sell or trade showed up and they traded with others to procure what they needed. You could trade horses, fabric, fruits, vegetables, just about anything. These events have survived to some degree today. An illustration of this would be today’s farmers markets.

This week I highlighted some similar events that have survived in just about the same manner as they were back in the day. Some really terrific historic days of trading are Mule Days in Columbia TN, Ripley 1st Monday in Ripley, MS and First Monday Trade Days Canton TX.  So it may be a good time to get rid of any old mules you may have laying around since Mule Days now only comes around once a year.

I have some food centric events on the list as well. They all seem pretty delicious or thirst quenching. Featuring Festa Sunday, Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, Elberta German Sausage Festival, Springfest Art and Wine Festival and in Fallston, PA the Maple Syrup Festival for all the foodies out there.

I rounded out the list with sort of a patchwork of events that are just plain fun. First up, I made an effort to find an event that was not unique necessarily, just a little different than the traditional festival.  Turns out I was extremely lucky because the Medieval Fair in Norman OK, turned up on my search. Not unique but not your everyday event; unless of course you live in the time of King Arthur. I am no history buff but I am pretty sure King Arthur never set foot in Norman OK. Still it recreates the period in a wonderful fashion and it is certainly worth the outing if you get an opportunity to attend.

Also showcased this week we have one of the best Equestrian events, The Carolina Cup;  a steeplechase event that has both grandeur and Southern Charm.  The Tempe Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts is an amazing event with multiple stages of entertainment and hundreds of artists you will be hard pressed to see them all. Also listed here are some really great events that you will not want to miss if you are in the area where they take place.

As always, each and every day there are some really great things happening all around you. All you need to know is where to look! So if none of the events on this list are taking place in your backyard, just use the search box above and find some things to do in your area.  Most of all have fun.

Riverside Airport Open House and Air Show

Mar 31, 2012

Riverside Municipal Airport Riverside, CA US 92504

Since 1993, With more than 200 acres of aircraft displays, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, helicopter displays and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity. And the best part is the admission is free!
90,000 Attendees

Elberta German Sausage Festival

Mar 31, 2012

Town Park Elberta, AL US 36530

Join us at the German Sausage Festival for Elberta’s famous German sausage and sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment for adults and children, and 250 arts and crafts booths. Other scrumptious foods will include German style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. There will be baked goods as well as arts and crafts for sale at the festival. The Bellview Stumpfiddle Band will perform with the North End Stompers, and cloggers, carnival rides and polka, country and German music will also be provided for entertainment. The sausage festival is a town fund- raiser, spearheaded by Elberta’s Volunteer Fire Department in 1978, whose proceeds are used for improving not only the fire department, but the town as well.
30,000 Attendees

Maple Syrup Festival

Mar 31, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

Bradys Run County Park Fallston, PA US 15009

Since 1978. The Lodge at Bradys Run Park, Brighton Township. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served with 100% pure maple syrup. Festival events feature Civil War re-enactments, mountain men, crafts, pony-rides, snake exhibit, antiques, entertainment and more! All welcome.
50,000 Attendees

Dogwood Festival

Apr 01, 2012 – Apr 03, 2012

Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History Lewiston, ID US 83501

Since 1985, community celebration that includes an art show, featuring nearly 100 works in all media. A display of elementary students’ artwork with Dogwood and festival themes. Plus, wine and beer tasting, musical performances, 3 on 3 basketball, golf tournament, theater performances, artisan’s fair with 100 craft booths and continuous entertainment, Scout-O-Rama, auto show, Seaport River Run, Family Resource Fair and Student’s One Act Exposure. Takes place in various locations.
45,000 Attendees

Festa Sunday

Apr 01, 2012

Centennial Park Ybor City, FL US 33605

Festa Italiana on Sunday is the main event of the four- day celebration where a true taste of Italy is brought to historic Ybor City. The celebration kicks off with Sunday Morning Catholic Mass at The Italian Club followed by a Procession and Walking Parade to Centennial Park. Taste the finest cuisine from over thirty of the Tampa Bay area’s best restaurants and caterers. Enjoy the premier entertainment on the main stage featuring some of the world’s top headliners. Experience the excitement from the Grape Stomping presentation, cooking demonstrations and contests. Festa’s Kidz Zone offers Italian costumed characters, children’s activities, amusement rides, magic shows, face painting and much more.
20,000+ Attendees

Medieval Fair

Mar 30, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

Reeves Park Norman, OK US 73072

Since 1977. Journey to an ageof kings, queens, and knights in shining armor. This event relives the Middle Ages with music, educational exhibits, entertainment on 7 stages and more than 200 exhibitors featuring arts and crafts, food and games along with a jousting tournament by New Riders of the Golden Age, a human chess game by The Arthurian Order of Avalon, costume contests, Society for Creative Anachronism demonstrations, blacksmithing and more!
350,000 Attendees

Carolina First Carolina Cup

Mar 31, 2012

Springdale Race Course Camden, SC US 29020

Since 1930, steeplechase race is made more exciting by elaborate tailgating picnics and special events. The Carolina Cup race-meeting is a time honored South Carolina tradition that has achieved premier social event status. The annual ‘rites of spring’ draws fans from throughout the southeast, to enjoy the thrilling sport of steeplechase horse racing amid a flurry of spring fashions and elaborate tailgate parties. From our Hospitality Terrace to College Park, old friends meet and new friends are made during the afternoon of six races.
65,000 Attendees

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

Mar 30, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

Downtown Tempe, AZ US 85287

Since 1978, 2nd largest arts and entertainment festival in the Southwest, 600 national artists and craftspeople, traditional and ethnic foods, continuous entertainment on 5 stages, Ectopia and special area for children, family event.
250,000 Attendees

Mule Day

Mar 29, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

Maury County Park Columbia, TN US 38401

Since 1840. It began as “Breeder’s Day”, a single day livestock show and mule market event held on the first Monday in April. Over time, “Mule Day” evolved from a single day event into a multi-day festival, attracting thousands of attendees, lasting almost a week. The heavy involvement of Maury County in the mule industry has caused the event to grow over time into “one of the largest livestock markets in the world.” Activities include mule shows, mule pulling, arts and crafts, flea market, knife show, liars contest, pancake breakfast, parade and a beauty pageant to select Mule Day Queen.
200,000+ Attendees

Festival of Flowers

Mar 29, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

Providence Hospital Campus Mobile, AL US 36608

Since 1994, features signature flower and garden displays, food, seminars and demonstrations, plus 40 commerical vendors will offer everything from garden accessories to garden tools and plants in the Gardener’s Galleria. Its breathtaking showcase covers over eight acres under tent and sky. Recognized by the American Bus Association (ABA) as one of the Top 100 Events in North America and by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) as one of the Top 20 Events, the Festival has received acclaim from community and industry leaders as well as tourism officials. The floral extravaganza promotes an interest in gardening and beautification, and encourages the preservation of the natural beauty that is so much a part of Mobile’s heritage, all while furthering the health care mission of Providence Hospital.
15,000 Attendees

Springfest Wine and Art Festival

Mar 31, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

Downtown Old Town Spring, TX US 77383

Since 1999, a two day celebration of Texas Wineries and artists. A pleasant stroll around the town will acquaint you with Texas Wineries offering tastings of some of their finest wines, talented Texas artists showing their original art and 150 unique shops in the historic railroad town. Wine tasting over 21.
50,000 Attendees

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

Mar 30, 2012 – Mar 31, 2012

Atlantic City Convention Center Atlantic City, NJ US 08401

Since 2005. The Celebration of the Suds, better known as “The Atlantic City Beer Fest” returns to Atlantic City presented by 100.7 WZXL. Breathing new life as the festival now includes amazing music to compliment savory brews. Over 80 different breweries from around the corner and across the country will showcase their unique libations. The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews, in addition to offering a venue for discovering new beers. The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will not only highlight great beer and music but will also feature culinary demonstrations from local area chefs, beer seminars hosted by author and television personality Gary Monterosso as well as others. On top of all the great brews and awesome tunes we can’t forget the amazing festival vendors from great foods to awesome beer related apparel and goods. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.
15,500 Attendees

First Monday Trade Days

Mar 29, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

First Monday Trade Days Grounds Canton, TX US 75103

Started in the 1850’s, featuring around 3,000 dealers. Start your shopping spree just past the Log Cabin (near your parking area). You will experience the “unreserved” section where you will find a heavy concentration of “just about anything in the world” including antiques and collectibles. This market is held Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of the month, year round.
100,000 Attendees

Ripley 1st Monday

Mar 31, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012

First Monday Grounds Ripley, MS US 38663

Since 1893, this amazing open market has 500 dealers and all sorts of items on sale and display. The market is held on the Saturday and Sunday before the first Monday of each month. Dealers display a large variety of items ranging from the unusual item, hard to find items, antiques, new, used, crafts, pets and much more.
20,000 Attendees

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