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6/22/03

Fantastic Summer Fun Festivals for Families

This Saturday was the official first day of summer, which means more families will be looking to go away for the weekend. But is there anything new to do?

How about rooting for your favorite insect during the cockroach races at the annual BuGFest? Or hoisting a skull and crossbones (and maybe a beer) at the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival? You can also double your pleasure at the world's largest gathering of twins at the Twins Day Festival!

These are just some of the quirky events vacationers can attend this summer and more Americans may be attending them than ever before. A recent national survey shows that more than half of Americans (53%) are looking for something new to do on weekends.

Alan Caruba with the Boring Institute says that these kinds of festivals are just what Americans need to fight boredom this summer. The Travel Industry Association says that 82% of Americans intend to travel this summer.

With the weak economy, SARS, and threats of terrorism discouraging travelers from globe-trotting, domestic vacations are expected to hit all-time highs this season. And there are plenty of fun family events to fill their appetite, including:

  • The "Eyes to the Skies" Hot Air Balloon Festival in Lisle, Illinois
  • The Potomac Celtic Festival in Leesburg, Virginia, which includes music, dancing, and games such as the hammer throw
  • The California Artichoke Festival in Castroville, California, where "agro artists" use vegetables to make sculptures
  • BuGFest in Raleigh, North Carolina, which includes hands-on activities and exhibits of the insect world
  • The Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, one of the world's largest gatherings of twins

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