2009 Food Festivals

posted March 9, 2009

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FOOD FESTIVALS 2009 (March-onwards)

State/County Fair info. culled from indiv. State websites. All other events culled from www.foodreference.com and www.festivals-and-shows.com

CAVEATS: State Fair info. is as of 3.1.09 unavailable for GA, and RI’s Washington County Fair…FL’s state fair is in February…Pennsylvania’s fairs are divided up by county. Many more county agricultural fairs exist beyond those in PA – they would just require a more exhaustive search/checking back later in the year for updated information from county-run sites to confirm details.

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January 31-March 28, 2009 Napa County Mustard Festival, Napa, CA www.mustardfestival.org

March 14, 2009. Maui County Agricultural Festival. Seeks to raise awareness of the business of agriculture and its connection to our daily lives.

March 14, 2009 14th Annual Kona Brewers Festival
Kailua-Kona, Hawai
An annual event designed to promote the microbrewery revolution in Hawai’i, to encourage professional brewers & chefs to work together and have a significant and positive economic and environmental effect on the community.

March 22-25, 2009 7th World Potato Congress
Christchurch, New Zealand
With the theme “Nourishing our future”, the four-day congress will review the latest developments in crop management, environment and energy issues, food and non-food processing, and food safety and quality. More than 500 delegates, representing the potato industry in both developed countries and developing countries, are expected to attend. experts and innovators. Executives from within the food industry who will come together for 3 days of keynote presentations, closed roundtable sessions, workshops and panel discussions

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April 3-4, 2009 14th Annual Crawfish Festival
Clear Lake, Texas
Crawfish eating contests, a gumbo cook-off, live entertainment, a silent auction, arts & crafts booths, games for the kids and lots of great crawfish!

April 3-4, 2009 Pittsburgh Farm to Table: Keep it Real, Keep it Local
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The annual Farm to Table conference highlights the connections that can be made between buying locally produced food, creating a healthy economy and getting the most nutrition from your food. Highlights include a food tasting, presentations, demonstrations and an outdoor farmers market.

April 3-4, 2009 – 1st Annual Mt. Angel Fine Wine & Food Festival. Mt. Angel, Oregon
Location: Willamette Valley Events Center – 210 Monroe Street. Hours: FRI 4-11pm SAT 11am-11pm
Admission Fees: $4
Contact Phone: 503-873-9979 x22
Website: www.WoodenNickel.com
Details: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mt. Angel Booms & Blooms in an effort to continue the Firework & Flower Basket traditions. Wine vendors from local and regional wineries will have product on display for sampling and sales. Local food and retail vendors will have product on display for sales.

April 3-4, 2009 Novi, Michigan
The Michigan International Wine Expo is a unique fine wine and gourmet food experience, featuring wine tasting and seminars along with sampling from the area’s premier restaurants.

April 3-4, 2009 31st Annual Pig Cookin’ Contest
Newport, North Carolina
USA’s Largest Whole Hog B-B-Q.

April 3-5, 2009 38th Annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Ponchatoula, Louisiana

April 3-5, 2009 Poteet Strawberry Festival
Poteet, Texas
One of the oldest, most popular events in the state and is recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas

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April 3-5, 2009 Southern Breeze Wine + Culinary Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Southern Breeze Wine + Culinary Festival visits cities throughout the Gulf Coast states to share the love of fine wine, gourmet cuisine and Gulf Coast culture.

April 4, 2009 Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
Austin, Texas
Food & Music. This popular Louisiana themed event features the best in Louisiana cuisine. Enjoy an extensive menu of Cajun seafood. The highlight of the show is 6000 pounds of jumbo crawfish and other bayou favorites. Entertainment, music.

April 4, 2009 Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
. Winnsboro, Louisiana

April 4, 2009 14th Annual ChocolateFest
New London, New Hampshire
Features local inns, restaurants & chocolatiers from New Hampshire showcasing their delectable delights. Sample the chocolate on display and are vote for the People’s Choice Awards of “Best Chocolate” and “Best Display.” Additionally a panel of judges will be on hand to bestow awards in the same categories.

April 14-26, 2009 – HerbFest
Wake Forest, North Carolinatnstatefair
Contact Phone: 800-937-3993
Details: An Herb festival in historic Wake Forest, N.C. featuring herbs and perennials for sale as well as entertainment, good foods, heritage plants and fun as a spring vacation destination. A lifestyle festival helping teach how to enjoy the moment as you go about your day to day life.

April 20-26, 2009 World’s Biggest Fish Fry
Paris, Tennessee
Over 5 tons of catfish served. The history of the “Fish Fry” started with the farmers and their mules. Each past “Fish Fry” makes new history by trying new and different things, increased attendance, more catfish served, and more community involvement.

April 22-23, 2009 Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference
La Crosse, Wisconsin
The WCIC, co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research

April 24-26, 2009 7th Annual St. Michaels Food & Wine Festival
St. Michaels, Maryland
Includes: presentations by leading food & wine experts, recipe demonstrations, wine tastings, culinary and wine seminars, book signings and unique cuisine, wines and spirits from nationally acclaimed Chefs & Sommeliers pairing with chefs at local award winning restaurants. Waterfront campus of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Museum exhibits included in festival ticket price! VIP Charity Reception kicks off Festival on April 23.

April 25, 2009 – SW Florida Seafood Festival & Car Show
Cape Coral, Florida
Location: 2101 SW. Pine Island Rd
Hours: 11:00 am TO 7;00 pm
Admission Fees: $5.00
Contact Phone: 239-699-9393
Website: www.matlachamariners.org

April 25, 2009 28th Annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Day
Petaluma, California
Celebrating the region’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country. Together with The Petaluma River, eggs and dairy products turned Petaluma into one of the most prosperous communities in the state in the early 1900’s. The event typically draws over 25,000 attendees.

April 25-26, 2009 17th Annual East Maui Taro Festival
Maui, Hawaii

April 30, 2009 – Pittsburgh Wine Festival
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Location: Heinz Field
Hours: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm and 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Website: www.pittsburghwinefestival.com
Details: The seventh annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival will be held on Thurs. April 30, 2009 in the Club Lounges at Heinz Field. The VIP Tasting will run from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM and the Grand Tasting will be from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. Red, white and sparkling wine will be featured at the event. More than 150wineries from California, France, Italy, Australia, Spain and New Zealand will be represented, including a fair representation of owners and wine makers. Prices are $250 for the VIP Tasting and $125 for the Grand Tasting. Sponsors benefit the University of Pittsburgh’s Cancer Institute.

April 30 – May 2, 2009 25th Annual San Angelo Wine & Food Festival
San Angelo, Texas
The oldest wine festivals in Texas. 3 days of fine wine, exceptional food, live music and more. Events include Uncorked & Unplugged Wine & Food Pairing, Wine & Dine Gourmet Dinner & Grand Auction, Fork & Cork Tasting Finale. Proceeds benefit the San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council.

MAY
May 1-2, 2009 – The Miller Lite Crawfish Boil
Jackson, Mississippi
Location: Outdoors at the Mississippi Fair Grounds
Hours: Friday from 5-11pm and Saturday 3-11pm
Admission Fees: $20
Contact Phone: 205.799.2292 or 205.714.5933
Website: www.redmountainentertainment.com
Details: This is quickly becoming THE music event in in Jackson MS. The festival is going into its 4th year and we expect 20,000 to 25,000 in attendance this year. This event features 11 national artists on stage.

May 1-2, 2009 – The Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil
Birmingham, Alabama
Location: Outdoors at the BJCC
Hours: Friday from 5-11pm and Saturday 3-11pm
Admission Fees: $20
Contact Phone: 205.799.2292 or 205.714.5933
Website: www.redmountainentertainment.com
Details: This is THE music event in Birmingham, AL which drew over 42,000 in attendance last year. This event features 11 national artists on stage with expected attendence of 50,000 this year.

May 1-3, 2009 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest, Cajun Cooking Demonstration, Cajun Dancing Contest, Crawfish Races, Parade, Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff, music, entertainment, arts & crafts.

May 1-3, 2009 Pensacola Crawfish Creole Festival
Pensacola, Florida
The event is one of the largest crawfish boils in state. This event features thousands of pounds of boiled crawfish in addition to other traditional Cajun and Creole fare such as red beans & rice, crawfish pie, boudin balls, and even fried gator tails.

May 2, 2009 Blacksburg Fork and Cork
Blacksburg, Virginia
A Food, Wine and Art Festival. Featuring wines from several regional wineries, culinary delights from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, regional art and wine lover accessories, Jazz music.

May 2, 2009 National Homebrew Day
Nationwide
Each year on the first Saturday in May, thousands of homebrewers around the world unite to celebrate National Homebrew Day. Brewers brew the same recipes and toast simultaneously at noon Central Time.

May 2-3 Community Food and Farm Festival, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN. The Community Food and Farm Festival is an annual event that brings together sustainable, direct marketing producers with consumers in a way that celebrates this connection

May 2-4, 2009 World Tea Expo
Las Vegas, Nevada
The World Tea Expo is the largest trade-only conference in the world showcasing tea and tea-related products.

May 8-9, 2009 – The 2009 Ancient City Crawfish Boil
St. Augustine, Florida
Location: Francis Field
Hours: Friday from 5-11pm and Saturday 3-11pm
Admission Fees: $20
Contact Phone: 205.799.2292 or 205.714.5933
Website: www.redmountainentertainment.com
Details: This will become THE Pop\\Rock music event in St. Augustine. It is patterned after the highly successful Birmingham Festival that had over 42,000 in attendance last year. We are expecting 50,000 this year. This event features 11 national artists on stage.

May 9, 2009 Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
60 Beers, 40 Bourbons, Lots of BBQ and One Unforgettable Good Time!

May 9, American Craft Beer Week
Nationwide
An annual celebration of craft brewers and the culture of craft beer. Check out the website for a list of participating breweries in your area.

May 9, 2009 – Que’n for Kids 2009 BBQ Cookoff & Family Festival
Costa Mesa, California
Location: Orange County Fair & Events Center
Hours: 10am-6pm
Admission Fees: $10/general admission/ $50 VIP Admission
Contact Phone: 714-408-9781
Website: www.quenforkids.com
Details: KCBS State Championship BBQ Competition & People’s Choice BBQ Cookoff. Awesome Kids Zone, Main Event Stage, Classic Car Show, Silent Auction, Live Auction, Inflatables, Pony & Carriage Rides,

May 15-16, 2009 – The 2009 Greenville Crawfish Boil
Greenville, South Carolina
Location: Outdoors at the Bi-Lo Center
Hours: Friday from 5-11pm and Saturday 3-11pm
Admission Fees: $20
Contact Phone: 205.799.2292 or 205.714.5933
Website: www.redmountainentertainment.com
Details: This will become THE Pop\Rock music event in Greenville, SC. It is patterned after the highly successful Birmingham Festival that had over 42,000 in attendance last year. We are expecting 50,000 this year. This event features 11 national artists on stage.

May 15-16, 2009 – The Merrell Crawfish Boil
Nashville, Tennessee
Location: River Front Park
Hours: Friday from 5-11pm and Saturday 3-11pm
Admission Fees: $20
Contact Phone: 205.799.2292 or 205.714.5933
Website: www.redmountainentertainment.com
Details: This is quickly becoming THE Pop\Rock music event in in Nashville, TN. The festival is going into its 3rd year and we expect 20,000 to 25,000 in attendance this year. This event features 11 national artists on stage.

May 15-17, 2009 Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival
Paso Robles, California
More than 90 area wineries host an array of special events including winemaker dinners, food pairings, seminars, winery tours, special tastings and more. Always held the third weekend in May.

May 16-17, 2009 28th Annual Blue Crab Festival
Little River, South Carolina
The Little Town with Big Festivals

May 16-17, 2009 California Strawberry Festival
Oxnard, California
Each year strawberry lovers unite for the premier outdoor event tempting any appetite for fun. This multi-faceted celebration serves up a menu of delectable strawberry delights, along with non-stop entertainment, Strawberryland For Kids, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, and more.

May 19-23, 2009 18th Annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationally recognized as one the most prestigious festivals of its kind and features over 175 wineries and 1000 wines over the 5-day event, which now continually raises over $125,000 Annually for local charities.

May 22-23, 2009 – Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Fredericksburg, Texas
Location: Marktplatz Main Street
Hours: Fri 6 – midnight, Sat 11 am – midnight
Admission Fees: Adults: $6.00 under 12 years $1.00
Contact Phone: 1-866-839-3378
Website: www.tex-fest.com
Details: Louisiana styled music & food. Crawfish, jambalaya, boudin plus red beans and of course some Texas favorites too. Second annual gumbo cook-off! Horseshoe andwasher pitching, arts and crafts, fun children’s area with jumping castles, face painting, and rockwall.

May 22-25, 2009 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Garden Grove, California
The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival celebrates its 50th year, making it not only one of the largest community festivals in the western US, but also one of the oldest.

May 30, 2009 SAVOR – An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
Washington , DC
SAVOR, the quintessential beer and food event. Craft beers from 65 small, independent & traditional craft brewers who will personally pair their offerings with sweet and savory appetizers. Educational salons and workshops will provide additional opportunities to interact with some of America’s most celebrated craft brewers.

May 30, 2009 Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Richmond, Virginia
60 Beers, 40 Bourbons, Lots of BBQ and One Unforgettable Good Time!

May 30-31, 2009 Taste of Pennsylvania Wine & Music Festival
York, Pennsylvania
Come out to the Taste of Pennsylvania Wine & Music Festival and enjoy samples from at least 10 PA wineries, while you enjoy live music. Over 40 local craft and business vendors will be in attendance as well as local food vendors.

JUNE
June 3-5, 2009 World Pork Expo
Des Moines, Iowa
World Pork Expo is the trade show for the pork industry worldwide.

June 6-7, 2009 – The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor
National Harbor, Maryland
Location: 137 National Plaza
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 12noon- Sunset
Admission Fees: $65 General Admission
Contact Phone: 443-716-2800
Website: www.foodandwinenh.com
Details: The 2nd Annual Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor, a waterfront, world-class event, will pair the cuisine of renowned chefs with fine wines and beer from around the globe. Guest will have the opportunity to learn about the latest food and beverage trends in a beautiful and unique setting on the Potomac River.

June 6-11, 2009 – Cumberland County Fair
Millville, New Jersey
Location: Cumberland County Fair Grounds
Hours: 11 am -12 am
Admission Fees: $3.00/$5.00
Contact Phone: 856-825-3820
Website: www.cumberlandcofair.com
Details: Two smash up derbys, tractor pulls, truck pulls, live stock shows and barns, Midway with food vendors and rides.

June 12-13, 2009 Wine, Chocolate and More Festival
Rickreall, Oregon
Showcase of decadent chocolate and wine tasting with some of the best wineries and vineyards, plus live music, and many specialty gifts.

June 13, 2009 Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
Oak Grove, Virginia
The best of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Country at Ingleside Vineyards. Taste wine from the wine trail wineries along with great seafood, BBQ and live music. A great day trip from Washington DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia. Jacques said it best – Wine is food.

June 16-18, 2009 All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show
Chicago, Illinois
The only show in the industry that gives you access to more organic companies and more certified organic products than any other trade event.

June 18-20, 2009 National Homebrewers Conference
Oakland, California
A fun, educational gathering designed to enhance homebrewers’ brewing skills and knowledge and increase homebrewing camaraderie. Special seminars and events cater to beer enthusiasts and amateur brewers of every level.

June 29-July 2, 2009 School Nutrition Association, Annual Natl Conference (ANC)
Las Vegas, Nevada
The School Nutrition Association’s premier event is the largest and most important annual gathering for the K-12 school nutrition profession.

JULY
July 8-12, 2009 – Northern Wisconsin State Fair, Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls, WI, norwisstatefair.com

July 17-19, 2009 ‘Bite of Seattle’ Food Festival
Seattle, Washington
Pacific Northwest Premier food and beverage showcase. 50+ restaurants, 30 food product companies. The alley, Hosted by Tom Douglas

July 18-19, 2009 Hudson Wine Festival
Hudson, Ohio
The event will showcase over 250 wines from local, national and international producers. Guests will enjoy musical entertainment, international foods, artist exhibits, discussions on wine trends and various raffles throughout the weekend.

July 23-25, 2009 46th Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival
Farmerville, Louisiana
The Louisiana Watermelon Festival has been named one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

July 23-Aug. 1, Delaware State Fair, 18500 South DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952-0028, www.delawarestatefair.com

July 24-26, 2009 Gourmet Chili Pepper & Salsa Festival
Fredericksburg, Texas
Celebrate the chili pepper and all things related. Entertainment, demonstrations and vendors

July 24-August 1, North Dakota State Fair, 2005 Burdick Expressway, Minot, ND, www.ndstatefair.com

July 24-August 2, 2009 Montana State Fair, Montana Expo Park, Great Falls, MT, http://www.montanastatefair.com/

July 25-26, 2009 – The Urban Celebrity Food Festival
Huntsville, Alabama
Location: John Hunt Park
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission Fees: Advance $15.00/Gate $30.00
Contact Phone: (312) 375-3651
Website: www.largervisioninc.com

July 26-August 1, 2009 – Warren Co. Farmers’ Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Location: Intersection of Co. Rt. 519 & Strykers Road
Hours: Sun. 9-10, Mon. – Fri. 12-10, Sat. 9-10
Admission Fees: $5 adult, $3 kids age 5-12, 4 & under free
Contact Phone: 908-859-6563
Website: www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org or www.balloonfestnj.com
Details: A real agricultural fair in Warren County, featuring a hot air balloon festival, traditional arts expo, Elvis impersonator Ryan Pelton, 4H & FFA exhibits and more.

July 29-Aug. 9, 2009 Ohio State Fair, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH 43211, http://www.ohiostatefair.com

July 31-August 9, 2009, Bangor State Fair, 100 Dutton St., Bangor, ME, www.bangorstatefair.com.

July 31-August 9, 2009 New Jersey State Fair, Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Branchville, NJ www.sussex-county-fair.org
AUGUST
August 1, 2009, Mead Day
Worldwide Event
Mead Day, organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), is a national event to help increase camaraderie among homebrewers and meadmakers and to introduce or reintroduce the meadmaking hobby.

August 4-6, 2009 FarmFest ’09
Redwood County, Minnesota
Your Minnesota Ag Connection!

August 6-16, Wisconsin State Fair, State Fair Park, West Allis, WI, www.wistatefair.com

August 7-23, 2009 Indiana State Fair, Indiana State Fairgrounds is located on the corner of East 38th Street and Fall Creek Parkway in Indianapolis. http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair/

August 8-15, 2009, Wyoming State Fair, 400 W. Center, Douglas, WY, www.wystatefair.org

August 9-12, 2009 Otoe County Fair, Syracuse, NE http://www.lasr.net/pages/city.php?Syracuse&Nebraska&&City_ID=NE0313030&Event_ID=NE0313030e003&VE=Y

August 13-22, 2009, Skowhegan State Fair, off of Route 201 North, Skowhegan, ME, www.skowheganstatefair.com.

August 13-23, 2009, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA, www.iowastatefair.com

August 14-16, 2009 – Taste of Country Festival
Hamlet, Indiana
Location: Starke County 4-H Fairgrounds
Hours: Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
Admission Fees: Free
Contact Phone: 877-733-2736 or 574-772-0896
Website: www.explorestarkecounty.com
Details: Music, entertainment, parade, BBQ Cook-Off contest, food and craft vendors, car show, motorcycle show, tractor pull, horse show and many other fun things for the whole family.

August 14-16, 2009 – Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
Machias, Maine
Location: Centre Street Church and the Town of Machias
Admission Fees: Free with free shuttle service and free taxi around festival
Contact Phone: 207-255-6665
Website: machiasblueberry.com
Details: Family festival celebrating the harvest of Maine wild blueberries. Entertainment, contests, great food, over 300 crafters.

August 14-22, 2009 West Virginia State Fair, Lewisburg, WV, www.statefairofwv.org

August 14-23, 2009 Illinois State Fair, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/

August 20-30, 2009, Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY, www.kystatefair.org.

August 21-30, 2009 – Western Idaho State Fair, Idaho Expo,5610 Glenwood, Boise, ID, 83714, http://www.idahofair.com/

August 21-Sept. 7, 2009, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA, www.bigfun.org

August 26-30, 2009 Nevada State Fair, 1350 North wells, Reno, NV www.nvstatefair.com.

August 27-Sept. 7, 2009. Alaska State Fair. Alaska State Fairgrounds, Glenn Highway, Palmer, Alaska (one hour’s drive north from Anchorage) http://www.alaskastatefair.org/

August 27-Sept. 7, 2009, Evergreen State Fair, 14405 179th Ave SW, Monroe, Washington, www.evergreenfair.org

August 27-Sept. 7, 2009 Minnesota State Fair, 1265 Snelling Ave. N, St. Paul, MN, www.mnstatefair.org

August 27-Sept. 7, 2009, The Great New York State Fair, Empire Expo Center, Syracuse, NY, www.nysfair.org

August 28-Sept. 7, 2009 Colorado State Fair & Rodeo, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO, 81004, www.coloradostatefair.com

August 28-Sept. 7, 2009, Maryland State Fair, near intersection of York and Timonium Roads, Timonium, MD, www.marylandstatefair.com,

August 28-Sept. 7, 2009 Michigan State Fair, Michigan State Fairgrounds, Detroit, MI, http://www.michigan.gov/mistatefair

August 28-Sept. 7, 2009 Nebraska State Fair, State Fair Park, Lincoln, NE, www.statefair.org

August 28-Sept. 7, 2009, Oregon State Fair, State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR, www.oregonstatefair.org

SEPTEMBER
September 2-7, 2009 Central Wisconsin State Fair, Wood County, Marshfield, WI, www.centralwisconsinstatefair.com

September 3-7, Hopkinton State Fair, Contocook, NH, www.hsfair.org

September 3-7, South Dakota State Fair, State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD, www.sdstatefair.com

September 4-13, Vermont State Fair, Rutland, VT, www.vermontstatefair.net

September 5-12, Eastern Idaho State Fair, Blackfoot, ID, www.idaho-state-fair.com.

September 10-20, 2009 Utah State Fair, Fairpark, Salt Lake City, UT, www.utah-state-fair.com

September 11-20, 2009 Kansas State Fair, 2000 N. Poplar St. Hutchinson, KS, www.kansasstatefair.com

September 11-20, North Carolina Mountain State Fair, WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732, http://www.agr.state.nc.us

September 11-20, Tennessee State Fair, State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN, www.tennesseestatefair.org

September 11-27, 2009 New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, NM, www.exponm.com.

September 11-27, 2009 Puyallup Fair, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371, www.thefair.com/puyallup-fair

September 15-19, 2009 – Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair
Jasper, Alabama
Location: 1501 North Airport Road
Hours: Tue. – Thur. 6 – 11, Fri. 6 – 1, Sat. 2 – 11
Admission Fees: 6-11 $2, 12 up $5
Contact Phone: (205) 221-3100
Details: Award winning traditional county fair with free entertainment, livestock shows, individual and group exhibitors compete for prizes, carnival midway. Member Association of Alabama Fairs, Inc. and IAFE. Carnival provided by Kissel Entertainment.

September 17-27, 2009 Oklahoma State Fair, State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK, www.okstatefairpark.org

September 18-20, 2009 – River View Chili Challenge
Belfast, New York
Location: 8243 East River Rd.
Hours: Gates open 8 am Sept 18th, 2009
Admission Fees: $40.00 for weekend
Contact Phone: 863-646-7600
Website: www.riverviewchilichallenge.com
Details: Come and make your chili on site and have a Good Time. See you there!

September 18-20, 2009 – Nebraska City, NE Applejack Festival. http://www.nebraskacity.com/new/things/comcalendar.php

September 18-October 4, 2009 The Big E, Eastern States Exposition not-for-profit agricultural educational fair, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA, www.thebige.com

September 19-20, 2009 – Band and Brew Blowout
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Location: Athletic Park
Hours: 12:00PM-6:00PM Saturday, 12:00PM-4:00PM Sunday
Admission Fees: $5 for admission, $15 beer tasting, $5 Italian creme sodas
Contact Phone: 970-264-2360
Website: www.pagosaspringschamber.com
Details: Join us for our second annual Band and Brew Blowout. Last year we had 15 micro breweries from the region and five bands compete for the $1,000 grand prize! There was face painting, bounce houses, and coloring for the children while the parents enjoyed samples of fine brew and wonderful music.

Sept 22-27 2009 North Alabama State Fair 65 Sportsplex Drive, Muscle Shoals AL 35661 Highway 43S http://www.northalabamastatefair.org/

September 24-Oct.4, 2009 Virginia State Fair, The Meadow Event Park, Richmond, VA, www.statefairva.org

Sept. 25-27, Durham County Fair, Durham Fairgrounds, Durham, CT, at Junction of 68, 17 & 79. www.durhamfair.com

September 25-Oct. 4, 2009 Central Washington State Fair, SunDome, Yakima, WA, www.fairfun.com

September 25-Oct. 18, 2009 State Fair of Texas, Fair Park, Dallas, TX, www.bigtex.com

September 30-Oct. 4, Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo, Dona Ana County Fairgrounds, Las Cruces, NM www.snmstatefair.com

OCTOBER
October 3, 2009 – Republic Pumpkin Daze
Republic, Missouri
Location: Main Street
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Admission Fees: Free
Contact Phone: 417-732-5959/417-732-8233
Website: www.pumpkindaze.com
Details: One of 20 official weigh-in sites for Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. In 2008 we weighed a 1244# Pumpkin. Line Main Street with craft and food vendors, entertainment all day, concluding with a Punkin’ Chunkin’ Contest.

October 7-19, 2009, Mississippi State Fair, State Fair Complex, Downtown Jackson, MS, http://www.mdac.state.ms.us

October 9-18, 2009, Arkansas State Fair, 2600 Howard St., Little Rock, AR, www.arkansasstatefair.com

October 14-25, 2009, South Carolina State Fair, Columbus, SC, www.scstatefair.org

October 15-25, 2009, North Carolina State Fair, 1025 Blueridge Road, Raleigh, NC, www.ncstatefair.org

October 16-November 8, 2009, Arizona State Fair, www.azstatefair.org, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. AZ

October 17, 2009 Keene, NH Pumpkin Festival Main St., Downtown Keene. www.pumpkinfestival.org

October 22-Nov. 8, 2009, State Fair of Louisiana, 3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport, LA, www.statefairoflouisiana.org

October 23-Nov. 1, 2009 Greater Gulf State Fair (Alabama State Fair) 1035 North Cody Road, Mobile, AL 36608 http://www.mobilefair.com/