Fun, Funny, and Just Plain Silly

This week I am highlighting events near and dear to my heart, silly. Personally, I wanted to share some of my favorite silly events and event themes with you.  Many will describe me as silly so maybe that is why I like them or maybe it’s just that I like to fun.

Some of these events took a slice of their hometown and made it golden. I love when people can take a negative and make it a positive. You know lemons into lemonade kind of thing.  How about mosquitoes into a positive? I bet that is a new one for you. That is exactly what they do in Clute Texas.  Every July they host the Mosquito Festival. Rumor has it that the original “mosquito” Willie-Man-Chew ( I love that name) decided it was a great place to settle. But celebrating mosquitoes is a stroke of genius for this town as this festival is consistently named a top event in almost every survey. The rest as they say is history and it looks like Clute is getting the last laugh.

Along with the Mosquito Festival another top rated festival this week is The Gilroy Garlic Festival. Ever eat Garlic Gator? I know where you can get some. How about Garlic Chocolate, Garlic Ice Cream or Garlic Jelly? If you would like to try it, grab your fork and head on over. It is a culinary overload of everything garlic and truly unique in the appreciation of this aromatic herb. Even if you do not care for garlic I assure you that you will enjoy this event.

This week we find lots of options. There is the Bologna Festival in Yale Michigan and the Hot Dog Festival in, are you ready, Frankfurt Indiana. Both of these events are super fun and make something special out of something with a real local connection. But not to be outdone, there is also a Hot Dog Festival in Huntington, WV. Also up on the schedule this week is the World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Arkansas, and yes, most of them actually do float! The Nissawa Turtle Races in MN, a Pierogi Festival in IN, a Potato Festival in MI, Ding Dong Days in AR and National Day of the Cowboy in Sedona, AZ. When are they going to have the National Day for Harried Women Who Work Too Many Hours? I could be Grand Marshall of that Parade(if I could get the day off)!!!!

I have a few honorable mentions this week that aren’t silly themed but they sure are fantastic, do-not-miss, events. If you happen to be in the area where any of these will be taking place, be sure to attend. They are worth the trip on so many levels. The Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island in Virginia is an amazing event featuring beautiful horses and ponies in a strikingly beautiful journey. The Oswego Harborfest in Oswego, NY , the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville, NC, the Saint Ann’s Italian Street Festival in Hoboken, NJ and the Bellevue Art events in Bellevue, WA are all huge events that have been entertaining and supporting their communities for many years. I invite you, if you can get to any of these, to do it. You can thank me later!

As always, if none of the events that I recommend this week is geographically possible for you to attend, please be sure to use the search box above to find great events in your own backyard! Don’t worry about finding silly events a great time either. I have been doing it for years and never regretted my choices once!

Munger Potato Festival

Jul 26, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012

Munger Commmunity Park Munger, MI US 48747

A community festival complete with carnival, demolition derby, live entertainment, parade and food. Tons of free potatoes! Parade on Sunday. There are numerous activities including children’s pedal pull, potato sack races, potato toss, Mr. Potato Head decorating contest and much more.

Saint Ann’s Italian Street Festival

Jul 26, 2012

Church of Saint Ann’s Hoboken, NJ US 07030

Since 1911, One of the most well known and beloved Italian festivals in the U.S. Rich in history and tradition, people travel from great distance to attend this celebration. Featuring 60+ vendors, entertainment, arts and crafts, games and a procession through the streets of Hoboken on Saturday. This is a really great festival in the New York area with Italian food specialty items galore.
125,000 Attendees

The Great Texas Mosquito Festival

Jul 26, 2012 – Jul 28, 2012

Clute Municipal Park Clute, TX US 77531

Since 1981, Willie-Man-Chew, the 25 foot inflatable mosquito will greet you as you enjoy the food, music and carnival. This event features family orientated activities with arts and crafts, children’s festivities, food, music, live entertainment each evening.
25,000 Attendees

Oswego Harborfest

Jul 26, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012

Waterfront Parks and Fort Ontario Oswego, NY US 13126

Since 1978, juried arts and crafts, antique and classic boats, regatta, 5k run/walk, civil war encampment, cruises, free entertainment on 7 stages and fireworks.
300,000 Attendees

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Jul 27, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012

Christmas Hill Park Gilroy, CA US 95020

Since 1979, a celebration of garlic and its importance to the Garlic Capital of the World. Almost 100 local and nationally known juried arts and crafts exhibitors are on- site. Three stages and several groups of strolling musicians provide a variety of musical entertainment. The Great Garlic Cook-off is one of the most well-known cooking contests in the country. Hundreds of amateur chefs respond to the call for recipes. The 100 most delicious-sounding of these are forwarded to a professional food consultant who makes the final selection. The finalists come to Gilroy to prepare their recipes, celebrity judges pick their favorites. There are plenty of things to do at the festival and lots of other food items as well as the children’s area tol keep your kid’s entertained all day.
110,000+ Attendees

Pierogi Festival

Jul 27, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012

Downtown Whiting, IN US 46394

Since 1995, over 50 vendors, European cuisine make an ethnic extravaganza, pierogi vendors, polish sausage, home made tamales, Slovakian and Hungarian food, sidewalk sale, arts and crafts fair. Don’t miss the eating contest and parade! Parade held Friday night at 7pm. The Festival is the pride of Whiting. It allows us to celebrate our heritage while poking a little fun at ourselves at the same time. Where else can you see grown women dressed up like our grandmothers (bushas, as we say) in housecoats and babushkas? Or the lawnmower brigade strut through town with sandals and socks on like or dads did? You’ll also see life-size polish pastries and goodies walking and talking waiting to take a picture with you? Only here at Whiting’s Pierogi Fest.
200,000 Attendees

Bologna Festival

Jul 27, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012

Downtown Yale, MI US 48097

A tradition in Yale since 1989, this festival has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. The festival draws people from all around Michigan as well as other states, eager to see who will be the next King and Queen of Bologna. The Bologna Festival includes such events as the famed outhouses races, a street dance, fireworks and a parade down Main Street that continues to grow each year.
20,000 Attendees

Bele Chere Festival

Jul 27, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012

Downtown Asheville Asheville, NC US 28801

Since 1973, this event has more than 600 exhibitors featuring activities with food, music, arts and crafts, entertainment and community events. This is a dynamite event.
350,000 Attendees

Bellevue Festival of the Arts

Jul 27, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012

Parking Lot Bellevue, WA US 98004

Since 1985. Bellevue Festival of the Arts is a juried arts and crafts fair located just across Lake Washington from Seattle. Its prime outdoor location just north of the Bellevue Square shopping area, is in the heart of a vibrant and growing area. It features 180 of the most talented and popular artisans and craftspeople in the Northwest and beyond. Produced by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest we continue to support a variety of non-profits with proceeds from the festival. Visit our newsletter page for more detailed information. The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place the last full weekend in July in downtown Bellevue, Washington along with two other art fairs, the Bellevue Art Museum’s ArtsFair and Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair.
250,000 Attendees

World Championship Cardboard Boat Race

Jul 28, 2012

Sandy Beach Heber Springs, AR US 72543

Since 1987, boats made of cardboard will compete for honors. Yes, they can (well, many of them can) float. Some are engineering marvels, which can compete for the coveted Pride of the Fleet Award! For those that don’t float, we do give the Titanic Award for the best and most dramatic sinking! The 2nd Annual Anne Pressly Memorial Celebrity Race. On hand will be on-air talent from Little Rock market news stations and Daniel Ross, star of Animal Planet reality TV “American Stuffers”. Other activities include; Treasure Dig, Watermelon Eating Contest,Volleyball Tournament and Demolition Derby! Great Food Vendors- Footlong Corn Dogs, Crawfish, Shrimp, Mexican, Yarnell’s Ice Cream and lots more great items! The Captain’s Award will be given to the most creative team and boat.
7,000 Attendees

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim

Jul 25, 2012 – Jul 26, 2012

Memorial Park Chincoteague Island, VA US 23336

Since 1926. At “slack tide” on the last Wednesday before the last Thursday of every July, Chincoteague’s “Saltwater Cowboys” herd the wild Chincoteague ponies across the Assateague Channel to move them from Assateague Island to neighboring Chincoteague Island. After the swim, the ponies “parade” to the carnival grounds where the foals are auctioned on the last Thursday of July. And then on Friday, the adult ponies will make the return swim to Assateague Island where they will live in the wild for another year. Join us for the World Famous Pony Round Up and Swim. The ONLY parking at Memorial Park, however, is designated for handicap use. All other folks coming in just for the day are encouraged to go to Chincoteague Combined School (4586 Main St. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336) and catch the free shuttle. There is also a handicap accessible bus for your convenience.

Hot Dog Festival

Jul 27, 2012 – Jul 28, 2012

Downtown Frankfort, IN US 46041

Since 1995, Celebrate the hot dog with all types of festivities including crafts, flea market, car show, live entertainment and plenty of hot dogs and toppings and hot dog themed events.
20,000 Attendees

West Virginia Hot Dog Festival

Jul 28, 2012

Downtown Huntington Huntington, WV US 25701

Since 2005. You, your family, and the family dog, are invited to come to the annual WV Hot Dog Festival to enjoy contests and competitions, live music and entertainment all day, displays, prizes, demonstrations, crafts, shopping, car and truck shows, and to sample all of these wonderfully delicious hot dogs (as much as you can eat!) in one location for the entire day at Pullman Square, and 3rd Avenue, downtown Huntington.

National Day of the Cowboy Event

Jul 28, 2012

Uptown Sedona Sedona, AZ US 86336

Sedona Celebration of National Day of the Cowboy is a FREE community event presented by Sedona Main Street Program. Enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on”, thanks to Title Sponsor Red Rock Western Jeep Tours and other business contributors. You’ll find gunfights and ropin’ by Red Rock Posse, historical reenactments by Boots and Bustles Old West Social Club, plus country music, cowboy storytelling, western performances and trades demonstrations along the sidewalks and plazas. Shop the stores and galleries for western goods from fine art and décor to western wear, and dine on southwestern cuisine at the restaurants and outdoor cafes.

Nisswa Turtle Races

Jul 25, 2012

Downtown Gazebo Nisswa, MN US 56468

Since1964, takes place at the Nisswa Turtle Track, behind the gazebo on Main Street. There is a fee for each racer. THere are 5 different categories, Resort Race for thoise staying in the area, Out of State or Country for those who are not Minnesota residents, Grandparents Race for grandparents with the help of a grandchild, Tiny Tots Race is for those under age 5 and also the Locals Only Race for those living in Nisswa and surrounding communities.

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