Events make for a festive summer

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GEORGIA

DAY LILY FESTIVAL: June 6-7, Gray, Ga.; 5-K, fun run, golf, food, horseshoes, kids' train ride, pony rides, food and entertainment; (478)986-5199

HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL: June 6-8, Douglasville, Ga.; New event with standard flower show, food, arts, entertainment and garden tours; (800) 661-0013

BUZZARD BLAST: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7, Louisville, Ga.; arts and crafts, food, large kids area and entertainment; (478) 625-8134

BLAIRSVILLE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL: June 13-15, Blairsville, Ga.; clans, pipe and drum bands, Scottish music, athletics, Scottish food, vendors, exhibits, games, concerts; (706) 745-5789

SPIRIT OF LIBERTY CELEBRATION: June 27-28, Patterson, Ga.; Bennie Anderson and The Drifters, vendors, 5-K run, 1-mile walk, poker run, softball tournaments, fireworks; (912) 647-5776

CRAPE MYRTLE FESTIVAL: July 5, Marshallville, Ga.; arts and entertainment; (478) 967-2145

SUMMER REDNECK GAMES: July 5, East Dublin, Ga.; Buckeye Park fireworks show, entertainment, mud pit belly flop, bobbing for pigs' feet, Redneck Idol, vendors; (478) 237-3140

GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR: July 16-27, Hiawassee, Ga.; carnival, entertainment, arts and crafts, working pioneer village, exhibits; (706) 896-4191

BUTTERNUT CREEK FESTIVAL: July 19-20, Blairsville, Ga.; juried arts and crafts show; (706) 781-1221

REPTILE AND EXOTIC ANIMAL SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26-27, Gwinnett County Fairground, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway; (407) 230-7217

BLUEGRASS AND BBQ FESTIVAL: Aug. 1-2, Dillard, Ga.; begins at 1 p.m.; $10, no charge for 12 and younger; (706) 746-5891 www.dillardbbq.org

PIGS AND PEACHES BBQ COOK-OFF: Aug. 8-9, Kennesaw, Ga.; barbecue, music, arts, crafts and games; (770) 422-9714

ANGEL CITY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Aug. 28-30, Unadilla, Ga.; bluegrass music, food, arts and crafts; (478) 627-9527

GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL: Aug. 30-31, Atlanta; juried artist market, food, live music, children's activities, fine food and wine; (404) 521-0938

WESTOBOU FESTIVAL: Sept. 18-27; downtown Augusta; featuring performances and presentations by local, regional and nationally recognized individuals and organizations; www.westoboufestival.com

ARTS IN THE HEART OF AUGUSTA FESTIVAL: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19-21; Augusta Common and surrounds; artists and crafters; the Philippines is this year's featured country; weekend badges cost $7 ($5 in advance); children 10 and younger free; www.artsintheheart.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

UNDER THE CROWN: Colonial and Revolutionary War-era re-enactment; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7-8; Living History Park, North Augusta; free; (803) 279-7560, www.colonialtimes.us

NEWRY FOLK FESTIVAL: June 14, Newry, S.C.; crafts, music and food in historic village, bluegrass music, banjo, fiddle and guitar competition; (864) 973-6072

HAMPTON COUNTY WATERMELON FESTIVAL: June 14-22, Warren State Park, Hampton, S.C.; parade, pet shows, mud runs, watermelon-eating contest, watermelon-judging contest, Melon Miss Pageant, arts and crafts, and music; www.melonfest.org

RIDGE PEACH FESTIVAL: June 21, Trenton, S.C.; unique crafts, antiques, parade, games, homemade peach desserts, music and street dance; (803) 275-1976

REPTILE AND EXOTIC ANIMAL SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21-22, Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road, Columbia (407) 230-7217

ART IN THE PARK: June 21-22, July 12-13, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; (843) 448-7690

FREEDOM FEST: June 28, Pendleton, S.C.; patriotic-theme event with music, games, fireworks and food; (864) 646-7741

BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL: July 11-20, Beaufort, S.C.; (843) 524-0600; www.bftwaterfestival.com

JAMMIN' IN THE PARK: 5-8 p.m. July 12, Camden, S.C.; Midlands bands and solo acts, activities for children, food; $15 adults, $12 seniors and military, $3 ages 6-12, free for younger children

CRAFTSMEN'S CLASSIC ARTS & CRAFTS: Aug. 1-3, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; more than 250 juried exhibitors; (336) 282-5550

FRIED GREEN TOMATO FESTIVAL: Aug. 2, Beech Island; the bands Bradford Station, Shameless Dave and Chaos will play; (803) 867-2388

CHARLESTON BEACH MUSIC AND SHAG: Aug. 21-24, Charleston, S.C.; more than 15 bands and five disc jockeys, shag dance lessons; (843) 571-3668

 
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