Celebrate Mom’s This Week!

This week we celebrate Mother’s Day. I mention it in case my sons read my blog so they will remember to buy me something nice. Just kidding. I am actually writing this blog as sort of a tribute to mom’s with the events that I have selected.

I can verify that being a mom can be a very tough job. Your joy is overwhelming but your tasks are overwhelming as well. So let’s see what we have … Well first up there is that ever popular ritual of waking kids up for school or church that endears mom’s to their children. So there is a connection with another wake up expert as we feature an event in Broken Arrow OK called Rooster Days. ( see where I am going here?). In addition I highlight this week the Olde York Street Fair for those times when she screamed at you not to play in the street or to hold her hand while crossing. Or how about the Walla Walla Wash-ington Balloon Stampede which reminds me of the all the fun times getting my sons to wash up. (ok it’s a stretch but help me out here  I have to work with what I have). Or better yet there is the Buggy Festival in Carthage NC reminding us of all the times that mom did her best to impersonate a taxi driver.

Of course there is the cooking over the years of all of those 1000’s of meals. To that end you might want to take her out to eat so she doesn’t have too cook. The events I have here have a food-centric theme. They include Taste of Alpharetta in GA, No Bull BBQ Cook-Off in Morgan Hill , CA and Poultry Fest in Batesberg-Leesville SC.

Now Mom gets a bad rap for being the one that always has to make you do the things that you dislike. So at times mom might be less than charming. Perhaps a visit to the Yell Fest in Dardanelle AR or the Texas Crab Festival in Crystal Beach might not be the best Mother’s Day present. I would make it a point however to tell her NOT to make an inference from the names of the events that you have chosen. Good luck with that one. My mom would see right through it!

In your youth, you made some wonderful (cough cough) art projects. During that time, mom was always so happy to hang them on the fridge for all to see the work of the next DaVinci. Now that you are older, you might cut her some slack and take her to see some real artists at these wonderful art events. Featured this week are the Art for All Fest in Lawton OK, Artisphere in Greenville SC and Art in the Arbor in Louisville KY. I bet the artists’ mothers are selling their children’s old artwork to make a tidy profit that they lovingly stored over the years.  My mom has mine in the attic or filed under “T” years ago I am sure.

And if you are just looking for some nice events that mom might enjoy simply because it’s time she gets to spend with you, try the Sweet Auburn Springfest in Atlanta and the Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade in Barberton OH.

Well that concludes our Mother’s Day themed events this week. And I can do without the collective “Thank God!”. Unless of course if it is followed by “for Mother’s everywhere!” If there isn’t anything on this list that you think your mom would like to attend, please use the search box above and find something in your backyard. Happy Mother’s Day all!

Arts for All Festival

May 11, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Shepler Park Lawton, OK US 73558

Since 1981, fine arts festival with local and professional entertainment, children’s area with hands-on activities and a variety of food booths, 80 booths. Through the years, our little festival has grown into a large fine arts juried show, and artists across the United States clearly indicate that the Arts for All Festival in Lawton has become a highly sought after event for artists on a national level. Artists representing many states display in mediums of photography, pottery, sculpture, painting, jewelry, and more. Accompanying the wonderful array of visual arts are the art of cuisine. Entertainment is featured on two stages by our local children’s groups, schools, and dance studios. Takes place on the South side of Gore Boulevard, Between 4th Street and 5th Street.
30,000 Attendees

Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade

May 11, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Downtown Barberton, OH US 44203

Since 1958, features rides, food, dunk tank, inflatable bounce house, penny search, live music, cherry pie eating contest, fishing derby, childrens activities, hula hoop and ring toss contests, vendors and exhibitors, crafts, petting zoo and more. Parade is Saturday at 10am at the corner of 21st and Wooster Road West. *In the unlikely event that we have severe weather the Band will be canceled. Kids events will move under the Big Tent. Rides and vendors will stay open unless severe weather becomes dangerous.
120,000 Attendees

Texas Crab Festival

May 11, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Gregory Park Crystal Beach Crystal Beach, TX US 77650

Since 1986, features continuous live entertainment, dancing under a covered pavilion, food and craft booths, crab and seafood cookoff, crab races, crablegs contests, carnival and entertainment for the entire family.
10,000+ Attendees

Yell Fest

May 11, 2012 – May 12, 2012

Veterans Riverfront Park Dardanelle, AR US 72834

Since 1989, features yelling contest, ugly dog contest, carnival, arts and crafts, food, 5k run, horseshoes, commercial displays, live entertainment, antique car display, pageants and fireworks.
35,000 Attendees

Poultry Festival

May 10, 2012 – May 12, 2012

Leesville Business District Batesburg Leesville, SC US 29070

Since 1987, chicken-calling contests are fun things to see after you sample the food especially the fried chicken, browse the car show, dance teams, carnival, roadrace, volleyball, parade, 5K road race, almost 120 craft and 30 food vendors, live musical entertainment and fireworks on Saturday night.
100,000 Attendees

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

May 11, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Walla Walla, WA US 99362

Since 1975, 50 hot air balloons, skydivers, entertainment, food, dancers, memorabilia, arts and crafts booths, spectacular niteglow and activities for all ages.
55,000 Attendees

Rooster Days

May 10, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Central Park Broken Arrow, OK US 74014

Since 1933, Intense, action packed, kid friendly, incredible music and great fun only begins to describe the Broken Arrow Rooster Day’s festival. Parade, carnival, arts and crafts show, trade fair, rodeo, grandstand entertainment and a miss chick contest.
100,000 Attendees

Buggy Festival

May 12, 2012

Nancy Kiser Park Carthage, NC US 28327

Since 1989. The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory that, from the mid-1800’s to the 1920’s, produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. The Carthage Buggy Festival will promises to be the biggest and best yet. The Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.
20,000 Attendees

Olde York Street Fair

May 13, 2012

Downtown York, PA US 17315

Since 1975, over 300 craft and food vendors in 10 block area, kid’s fun block and 6 entertainment stages. The Olde York Street Fair has been a Mother’s Day tradition for more than 35 years featuring 150 artisans and food vendors as well as live entertainment and strolling performers that will fill the air with music. The Kid’s Fun Block is always a hit with rides and games for the kids to enjoy. Streets closed: Market Street from Newberry to Pine, and George Street from King to Philly.
50,000 Attendees

Taste of Alpharetta

May 10, 2012

Alpharetta City Hall Alpharetta, GA US 30004

Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival-goers, families and food connoisseurs for years. Make reservations on your calendar to dine in Historic Downtown Alpharetta at over 50 restaurants in one fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top menus in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities and entertainment to please every palette. Free Admission. Food tickets are purchased and restaurants participating in the Taste will charge for food sample. With the Taste of Alpharetta moving back to the historic downtown streets, our Music Stage will have current retro-themed bands. A separate Culinary Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in contests. Party with metro Atlanta radio stations. Play at the Fun Zones. Come out and enjoy Alpharetta’s premier dining experience!
70,000 Attendees

Sweet Auburn Springfest

May 11, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Sweet Auburn Avenue Historical District Atlanta, GA US 30303

One of the largest street festivals in the Southeast including 10 stages of entertainment, artist market, Atrium of Sweet Auburn Bridal Show, Atlanta Urban Media Makers Film Screenings, Business and Technology Expo, Butler Street Y Family Fitness, Parade of Cultures, Seniors Pavilion, KidsFantastic fun zone, health and fitness pavilion, home buyers showcase, international vendors marketplace and Sweet Auburn Literary Festival.
200,000 Attendees

Art in the Arbor

May 12, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church Grounds Louisville, KY US 40299

Since 1968. Art in the Arbor is one of the region’s oldest, continuously operating fine art and crafts festivals. It is held on the lovely wooded grounds behind Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. The festival features 100+ artists selected by a professional jury, and attracts thousands of visitors the weekend after the Kentucky Derby. Art in the Arbor showcases not only talented visual artists, but also musical entertainment on a live stage throughout the weekend. A picnic area and wine garden is adjacent, so all can enjoy the show. The festival is proud to feature KY Proud food and crafts vendors. Art in the Arbor is the perfect place to bring all the family. The festival boasts one of the best Kids’ Crafts Booth and offers interactive games and art projects for the whole family. Shop for unique gifts in every form of art and craft available.
10,000 Attendees


May 11, 2012 – May 13, 2012

Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville, SC US 29601

The Artisphere Festival includes indoor and outdoor performances and visual arts exhibitions throughout the West End of downtown Greenville. Festival activities will include: An Artist Row of 100 visual artists, including national and local artists selling their work; Artists of the Upstate, a collaboration with the Metropolitan Arts Council that showcases work by local artists; Outdoor Stages with an array of performances by local, national and international artists; Art in Action Stage, featuring Brian Olsen’s paintin to music; Kidsphere chilren’s area, which provides hands-on arts opportunities for young people; A special area highlighting local restaurants called the “Arts Café” Temporary public art installations including street murals and bridge banners Despite its short history,
75,000+ Attendees

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