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So this weekend is Alaska day! its bigger than 4th of july around here and goes all weekend long! But we are the only town in alaska who even recognizes it. We celebrate and recreate the sale of alaska to america from russia. there is a beard contest, a period costume ball, keystone cops that give you a kiss if you dont purchuse buttons, fundraiser auctions for people who volunteer to be sold: via date or clean your yard idk, bagpipers come in and do a show, we have a huge parade, pie sales, the raising of the flag and other events ;-D.
;-P A lot of villages/towns here have their own that was some how started one way or another. yakutat has a fairweather day. pelican has a boardwalk boogie (met DH there for the first time) his home town Port Alexander has a Golf tourney on a beach at low tide. Kake has a Dog salmon festival. I think these are so cool! so i was wondering what is must be like around the world! my coworker for example is from oregon and says they have a rodeo the second week of may! i have never been to one of those but they sound awesome.Where we live we dont really have things like fairs so maybe this is a way for our communities to come together.
Anything you want to share please do ;-D
Post # 2
Stampede in Calgary is a pretty big deal. It would be hard to say what businesses decorate more for – Stampede or Christmas. You can get a free breakfast during the entire Stampede if you want. Most places of work have a relaxed dress code – dress business if you normally have to or Western. There are usually informal days off, companies taking people to the rodeo or having a beer gardens etc.
Post # 3
Vancouver has a festival of some sort almost every weekend in the summer. We have Greek Days, Children’s Festival, Film Festival, Italian Days, etc, but my favorite is the Festival of Light , where hundreds of thousands of people come down to the beach to watch 3 different countries compete in a fireworks display.
Post # 4
I’m from Louisville, KY – home of the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports! The celebration actually lasts two weeks, and the Friday before the Derby is a holiday and all the schools are out.
Post # 5
AB Bride: i would love it, if my job took me to the rodeo!! and a free breakfast!
julies1949: wow! sounds like the best fireworks show ever!!
JenGirl: two weeks huh? for two minutes ;-P my coworker loves to watch the derby! what do people do for the two weeks. events leading up to it? or just parties getting pumped up ;-D?
Post # 6
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
souza_2005: Maybe a small one, by my hometown has a HUGE street festival on the first weekend of every August. It’s the largest street festival west of the Mississippi River.
Artisans, specialty fods, and local business all make an appearance and some of the vendors travel from all over the country. I spend a good amount of money there every year, buying jewelry and clothes. Mostly, I love to look.
Amazing painters and photographers display their work, unique pet things, funny signs, gifts for the person who you can never buy a gift for. I love it!
Post # 7
souza_2005: Well, it kicks off with a giant airshow and firework display. Then events like a hot air balloon glow, hot air balloon race, a paddleboat race, the running of the rose (it’s a bartending/waitressing competition that includes makes complicated drinks and navigating an obstacle course with a tray of full drinks), then a big parade and then the Oaks. And there’s a Chow Wagon downtown that has live music and food every night during the festival. And that’s just the big, publicc events. There are tons of private or invite-only parties, the most well attended of which is the Brownstable Brown where my best friend met Apollo Anoton Ohno and the guy that played Smith Jared on Sex and the City.
And all that is before Derby day! It’s awesome!
Post # 8
My hometown has a small (but big for a small town) autumn festival – it’s a fair, really, with rides, food carts, craft fair, car show, firetruck rides, etc. The local schools all give the Friday of the week off so kids can spend the day at the festival.
Post # 9
Hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. We have Wurstfest every November. An excuse to drink pitchers of beer, eat bratwurst, and celebrate our German heritage.
Post # 10
I live in Boston, and I’d say our biggest, unique holiday is Marathon Monday. I think they technically call it Patriot’s Day so that people can get the day off of work, but it basically consists of drinking and cheering on the runners as they go past. So fun!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
My city – Fort Wayne, IN – has two big local festivals. The city is located at the confluence of three rivers so our summer festival is called the Three Rivers Festival – it lasts 9 days and is celebrated in July. It starts off with a big parade and ends with a huge fireworks display. In between there are a ton of events in our downtown area like races, food vendors, dance performances, concerts, carnival rides, boat rides, helicopter rides, etc. I’m told it’s the 2nd largest festival in Indiana.
We also have the Johnny Appleseed Festival that takes place over one weekend in September. Technically, this festival isn’t unique to the city, but it is one of the major Johnny Appleseed Festivals in the US. It’s my favorite festival and features period authentic food and crafts that celebrates the life and times of John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed. All vendors have to wear period authentic costumes and many of the food vendors actually make their food on site using period authentic techniques.
Post # 12
The town I grew up in also happened to be Lucille Ball’s hometown. Every year, they have a comedy festival dedicated to her called Lucyfest. I think they have a museum for her too, but it was built after we moved to NC.
Where I live now doesn’t have any super unique events, but the NC State Fair just started and that’s a big deal around here. So much deep fried food…
Post # 13
MrsYellowDaffodil: Sounds great!! i love art!
JenGirl: im sold! lol ive never even seen a hot air balloon but would love to take a ride!
grace2design: idk why but i love period costumes!! never heard of a johnny appleseed festival!
bleusteel: HA thats cool! i love lucille ball!! a comedy festival what a great idea!
Post # 14
souza_2005: You should totally come to the Derby some year! It’s awesome. But plan ahead – it books up fast!
Post # 15
souza_2005: where I grew up we celebrate Carnival (or Mardi Gras), which is a really fun series of events leading up to Lent. There’s parades with huge floats, masquerade balls and parties that last all day and night and of course is a huge tourist attraction. We would always get out of school for the big parades and then of course the Monday and Tuesday ( Fat Tuesday) before Ash Wednesday.
People go nuts over beads and moon pies. New Orleans gets all the credit but there’s so many towns in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that do Mardi Gras right, too.