Celebrate 30+ years of Local Reflection

It is normally not a good thing to get older in our youth centric culture. It is a different story as far as events are concerned. Everything this week has been taking place at least 30 years and in some cases well over 100. They show longevity and a well established base for sure. Events that have been around a long time have survived many tumultuous episodes in history, numerous administrative boards in charge and many changes in the mores of society. Yet they continue to be the glue that holds a community together. Maintaining traditions and history, while also allowing a town to move forward, is one of the primary purposes of an event. As events age, you don’t need to change the whole event but only adapt it somewhat. Even I have adapted as I get older. I still wear pants but I no longer wear hot pants unless I put them on right out of the dryer. Adapting is good!  It is the same with events. To the credit of this week’s selections, adapting to change while maintaining their core idea is what these events have done to survive so long.

One thing events do like almost nothing else however, is that they reflect the community where they take place. Events that we cover on EventCrazy are the life-blood of a community. They are a coming together to celebrate a common theme, interest or holiday. This past week we saw that with the July 4th events.  Events, in many cases are the way that a community sees itself and the way they would like others to see it. Whether it’s antiquing in New England, a Folk music event in Ohio, an Art Festival in Missouri or any ne of the many we cover, they all have a definite local air about them. Whether it’s art, food, local heroes, religious traditions or just local history you cannot go wrong with any of these choices.

Think of selecting a local event as similar to selecting a restaurant. Why eat at the chain food places when the real flavor is local? Make sure you stop in to sample the local fare this week.  Get out and experience the reasons why some of these events have lasted so long. While doing so exercise caution as I am sure that record breaking temperatures will be the norm again. Make sure you stay hydrated out there. I want you all to have fun, not get heat stroke. So grab your bottled water, a beach hat, sun screen and a friend and get out and see what events were like 30+ years ago. I am sure if nothing on this list in your area, a simple search will reveal wonderful options right in your own your backyard!

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

Jul 12, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

Downtown State College, PA US 16805

Since 1967, performances, exhibits, film and over 300 nationally recognized juried artists engaged in sidewalk sales and gallery exhibitions. One of the finest art shows in the U.S. Also held on the main campus at the University of Pennsylvania, Memorial Field and Schwab Auditorium as well.
125,000+ Attendees

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

Jul 14, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

Lake Bluff Park Saint Joseph, MI US 49085

Since 1963, features over 200 juried artists displaying a wide variety of high quality art and fine crafts.
72,000 Attendees

Street Art Fair

Jul 11, 2012 – Jul 14, 2012

City of Wyandotte Wyandotte, MI US 48192

Since 1963, this event features two stage performances with continuous music, over 350 artists, street entertainers, clowns, magic, flame dancers. Also 35 food vendors, children’s attractions, entertainment, beer, and beverages.
150,000 Attendees

Brimfield Fair Antiques and Collectibles Show

Jul 13, 2012 – Jul 14, 2012

Main Street at Wales Road Brimfield, MA US 01010

Since 1959, this show is renowned throughout the world as a unique gathering of over 4,000 dealers from all corners of North America. With over 20 independently operated shows along a 1 mile stretch of Route 20, see a variety of treasures.
130,000 Attendees

Turkey-Rama Downtown Festival

Jul 13, 2012 – Jul 14, 2012

Downtown McMinnville, OR US 97128

Since 1961, the largest festival in Yamhill County observes the historical importance of the once thriving turkey business. Featuring the World’s Largest BBQ! Events include a parade, food courts, music, Cruise-In car show, carnival, firemens dance, run and fitness walk, live entertainment and much more.
30,000 Attendees

Delta Chicken Festival

Jul 13, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

Municipal Park Delta, OH US 43515

Since 1950, over 9,000 chickens are barbequed for this event, craftshow, car show, Delta Chicken 5k run, live entertainment and much more. Grand Parade Sunday at 2pm.
25,000 Attendees

McCleary Bear Festival

Jul 13, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

Downtown McCleary, WA US 98557

Since 1959, this is a family festival. The special feature is bear stew along with a parade, music and great food.
12,000 Attendees

Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

Jul 11, 2012 – Jul 16, 2012

Downtown Hammonton, NJ US 08037

Since 1875, a week-long religious festival honoring Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Activities include a procession, rides, live entertainment and a wonderful selection of great food. The longest running Italian festival in the United States.
10,000 Attendees

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Parish Festival

Jul 12, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Bristol, RI US 02809

Since 1896, annual feast of Mt. Carmel food, live music, a beer garden and games for kids. Fish and Chips, Clamcakes and Chower, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs and Fr. Zinno’s Homemade Lasagna and a few other items. Procession Sunday ar 2:30pm.
10,000 Attendees

Ohio Hills Folk Festival

Jul 11, 2012 – Jul 14, 2012

Downtown Quaker City, OH US 43773

Since 1904. This four day event includes: kiddie parade, mile long parade, Queen’s Parade, car show, flea market, craft hall and craft demonstrations. A 5-K run, children’s bike races, pet show, and a large fireworks display are among the many activities. Free nightly entertainment, concessions, and rides. Our festival offers a look at the past and the present with a farm museum, country store and Quaker Meeting House.

Redmond Derby Days

Jul 13, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

City Hall Campus Redmond, WA US 98073

Since 1939, oldest bicycle race in North America, along with the Summer Festival with a kids parade and activities, carnival, music, food, fireworks and a grand parade.

West Chicago Railroad Days

Jul 12, 2012 – Jul 13, 2012

Reed Keppler Park West Chicago, IL US 60185

Since 1973. A Wonderful Time Warp….The whole experience of West Chicago RR Days is like taking a backward trip on a time machine- a trip to a kinder, gentler, more innocent time and place. Railroad Days is the ultimate community festival- in which all forms of summer fun are featured- and the entire town participates. Railroad Days has something for every member of the family- from toddlers to grandmothers- to thoroughly enjoy. The overview of Railroad Days is: great food, great, free live music, big summer fun, and huge community participation. The festival offers free concerts all four nights of the event featuring national music headliners augmented by some of the regions hottest local bands. The event puts on the largest and highest quality carnival in the area- covering more than 2 acres and featuring the latest rides and attractions including a special kids area. One of the biggest features of Railroad Days is it’s elaborate, colorful, and lively parade- which traditionally steps off at 1PM on Sunday winding through downtown and funneling into the event gates. More than 100 slots are filled.. and the entire community lines the parade route.
100,000 Attendees

Wayne Chicken Show

Jul 13, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

Wayne State College Wayne, NE US 68787

Since 1980, you won’t want to miss this wild and crazy festival that has entertained visitors from all over the U.S. and other foreign countries. The Wayne Chicken Show is home to the national cluck off and the national hardboiled egg eating contest. The whole family will enjoy the festival of music, games, and a parade, plus food and craft vendors.
10,000 Attendees

Whiz Bang Days

Jul 12, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012

Robbin Center Robbinsdale, MN US 55422

Since 1948, several activities taking place in and around Robbin Center including a juried art show, sidewalk sale, ice cream social, car show, game and contests, carnival, parade, fireworks, softball tournament and more. Parade Sunday at 3pm.

Maria can be reached directly at eventsblog@eventcrazy.com or visit her website at www.eventcrazy.com
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