Here and There
Upcoming Events
Highlighting local events taking place in rural towns around the United States
63rd Annual Gila County Gem and Mineral Show
Globe, Arizona, Jan. 10–12
Over 40 vendors will display rock, mineral, and fossil wares and products. Demonstrations, such as silversmithing and wire wrapping, will happen throughout the weekend. Children can enjoy a fossil and gem pit, duck pond, and copper tree decorating. At the Gila County Fairgrounds. Admission charged.

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Old House Vintage Market
Loveland, Colorado, Jan. 10–12
Artisans and craftspeople will sell antique, vintage, upcycled, handmade, and other merchandise and food items. At the Ranch Event Complex. Admission charged.

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BOB Fest
Smithfield, Virginia, Jan. 18
Indulge in all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue, and Brunswick stew while enjoying live music in a heated tent. You can also participate in the 8K race and shop the wares of various hand-crafted vendors. At Windsor Castle Park. Admission charged.

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Sandhill Crane Festival
Birchwood, Tennessee, Jan. 18–19
This festival is a celebration of the thousands of Sandhill cranes that migrate to spend the winter in and around the Hiwassee Refuge. In addition to kayak tours to view the cranes, the event will feature entertainment, vendors, and food for purchase. At Hiwassee Refuge and Birchwood Community Center. Free.

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23rd Annual Sioux Falls Farm Show
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jan. 22–24
Visit over 320 exhibitors showcasing agricultural technology and services. Enjoy educational seminars, a daily seed and fertilizer giveaway, complimentary breakfast, and more. At the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Free.

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22nd Annual Blowing Rock Winter Fest
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Jan. 23–26
This winter festival offers an icy polar bear plunge in Chetola Lake, ice carving in Memorial Park, an arts event at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, a chili cook-off and tasting, and more. At various locations around Blowing Rock. Admission charged.

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Winterval
Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jan. 25
Enjoy indoor and outdoor events all around town, including a hike, bonfire, ice skating, ice carving, bike rides, a rugby game, live music and dancing, and more. At various locations in downtown Fort Wayne. Various events require entry fee.

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Idaho Scrapbook Show
Boise, Idaho, Jan. 31–Feb. 1
Shop for paper products, take classes from vendors, and spend time crafting and scrapbooking. At Expo Idaho. Admission charged.

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33rd Annual Fish Creek Winter Festival
Fish Creek, Wisconsin, Jan. 31–Feb. 2
Enjoy live music, games, food, a fiddle contest, a fun run, a chili cook-off, and more—all overlooking the frozen waters of Green Bay. In Clark Park. Free.

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
Saranac Lake, New York, Jan. 31–Feb. 9
This 10-day festival features an ice palace, sports competitions, performances, torchlight skiing, fireworks displays, parades, and more. At various locations around Saranac Lake. Admission charged for some events.

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