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Most people in the U.S. associate turkey with the month of November. However, Vinton County residents look forward to the annual summer Wild Turkey Festival held in McArthur, Ohio. During the four-day event, families can partake in an assortment of turkey-themed fun.
Utica is a small community located in Central Ohio, about 35 miles northeast of Columbus. Set among forests and rolling hills, Utica is home to a picturesque town square, historic architecture and several shops and restaurants. Additionally, the village hosts the annual Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, which takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend.
The Big Green Egg takes as its pattern the kamado -- an ancient Oriental clay oven -- and, indeed, the first BGEs were made of clay. The product is distributed by thousands of dealers in more than 20 countries. The Big Green Egg Festival in San Jose, California, is held every year in June. Entry is by one of two tickets; chef or guest. Samples are served all day by amateur and professional chefs, while guests' admission fees include all consultations, samples, soda and beer. Fees are waived for chefs and their families.
The annual festival called The Chitlin' Jamboree is a highly anticipated celebration held in Clio, Alabama, a small Southern town of fewer than 1,000 residents. Although it did not occur in 2006 because of a lack of participation, the lively festival has garnered public attention for more than 30 years.
Charlestown is in Washington County in southern Rhode Island. Located about 30 miles southwest of Providence, the town has much to offer residents and visitors, including natural attractions such as East Beach and Burlingame State Park and historic sites. The town hosts a number of events each year. Anyone with a taste for delicious food will enjoy the Seafood Festival.
Each July, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area hosts the Poconos' Wurst Festival featuring "brews, brats and music." The festival keeps to a Polish and German theme, and vendors provide ethnic crafts and food. Shawnee Mountain is in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. The ski area also offers events such as a Celtic Festival and an Autumn Timber Festival.
The town of Sun Prairie Wisconsin, 14 miles northeast of Madison, encourages residents and tourists to attend its annual Sweet Corn Festival. The Sun Prairie municipality suggests that visitors enjoy the town's car racing, biking and walking trails, flea markets and farmers' markets year-round. In August however, the Sweet Corn Festival puts Sun Prairie on the map as a special activity that people can enjoy together with their family or on their own.
Adams County, Pa., is famous for its apples. With more than 20,000 acres of fruit orchards, Adams County is sometimes called "Apple Country, USA." It is home to the Apple Blossom Festival each spring and the National Apple Harvest Festival each fall, as well as the National Apple Museum.
Grappa is an Italian alcoholic drink similar to whiskey, brandy, sherry or cognac and is often referred to as "firewater." The distilled beverage is normally produced by wine makers because it is made from pomace or the raw grape seeds, stalks and stems that are discarded during the wine making process. Grappa gets its name from the town in northern Italy, Bassano del Grappa, in which the drink derived in the Middle Ages. Today, there are grappa distilleries around the world. You'll find several festivals in Italy that distinctly celebrate the drink.
The Annual New Jersey Ice Cream Festival was started in 2002 in Toms River, with the event including an entire day of musical acts, children's activities, competition between vendors, and ice cream, ice cream and more ice cream. Area radio stations also provide background music for the festival sponsored by local businesses.
On April 30th of every year, millions of merrymakers flood the streets of Holland wearing head-to-toe orange to celebrate Queen's Day, often called the Orange Festival, or "oranjegekte" in Dutch. Queen's Day has been celebrated in the Netherlands for over 100 years and marks the official celebration of the Queen's birthday. Orange is the official color of the royal family, descendants of the House of Orange-Nassau.
Georgia may be known for peaches, but visitors to Maryland could be surprised at the number of peach festivals that call the small state of Maryland home. Some of the festivals are older than others, but all play a vital part in their respective communities. The proceeds of these festivals go to benefit the communities in which they are held, but their influence stretches much further, from the benefit to the farmer to the ability of a festival to draw neighbors together and attract new faces. Given the peach growing season in Maryland, peach festivals are held in mid-August.
New Jersey is one of the major sources of blueberries in the U.S. The city of Hammonton is the self-proclaimed "Blueberry Capital of the World." Residents of the state celebrate the highbush blueberries with two annual festivals that regularly draw attendees from the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York.
The Hickory Apple Festival takes place in early October and lasts for two days. Being a family-friendly attraction, it offers activities and entertainment for all ages as well as a wide selection of foods and handcrafted items. The Mount Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Company hosts this annual event at the fire hall grounds in Hickory, Pennsylvania, which is about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
The town of Paris in north central Tennessee invites visitors to come to their yearly fish fry festival. The week-long festival has events and activities for people of all ages. The highlight of the festival is the fish fry, served from Wednesday through Saturday, which ensures that visitors can enjoy plenty of fresh Tennessee catfish from nearby Kentucky Lake.
Yale is a town located in St. Clair County in eastern Michigan. The town is in the "thumb" region of the state. The population is 2,000. Each summer the local chamber of commerce hosts a three day event known as the Bologna Festival, celebrating Yale's unofficial status as bologna capital of the world.
Every year, since 1976, the Belzoni-Humphreys Development Foundation holds an annual World Catfish Festival in downtown Belzoni, Mississippi to pay homage to catfish. Over 20,000 people from across the United States and overseas travel to the catfish capital of the world to celebrate the fifth most popular seafood served in America, and a major contributor to the Belzoni/Humphreys County economy. Despite being held for one day only, the World Catfish Festival provides plenty of entertainment and family fun.
Golden, Texas is a small town of about 200 people, but their claim to fame is the Golden Sweet Potato Festival. Each October, the festival draws in visitors from nearby towns and cities. The Golden Sweet Potato Festival celebrates the harvest and the community life found in small towns. Ms Texas even makes an appearance at the festival each year.
If you're a fish eater, you know there are two types of people: those who eat catfish and those who don't. In Alabama, where the waters are full of them, the taste for catfish is as popular as other Southern delicacies and they also make the time each year to celebrate this down-home favorite. Catfish festivals give seasoned catfish eaters a chance to indulge themselves, and turn the uninitiated on to something new.