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Choosing a Great Event is in the Moment

By Maria K.
6/17/2013 10:51:34 AM

More times then you would think I get asked, "What makes a great event?" I always respond by asking, what food would you like to eat today, tomorrow or next week? After people get through with the "deer in headlights" look and the sarcasm about everything I say revolving around food, they typically say, "Well that depends." And that is true about events as well. It all depends on what you want to do at that very moment. There are typically many events on-going but when confronted with the list, how does one pick just one? Ask yourself, "What do I feel like doing right now, today?"

I think the primary way individuals choose an event is to focus on an area of interest to them. But using that method alone, to me, is really too limiting. For one thing there may be more than one of you trying to decide what to do. That always means many different areas of interest. Other factors can enter in at the very moment the decisions is made as well. For example, if the weather is absolutely perfect maybe that outdoor antique show is the most terrific event ever, but...if it is hot and it turns out that you spend the whole event trying not to fry in the sun and dehydrate from the heat, well then that event could be a nightmare.

My advice (yes you are going to get it, like it or not), is to weigh all factors in the mix in the moment. Is it time for pizza or fruit salad? Is it time for some music at an outdoor concert or strolling the aisles of a home show in an air conditioned venue? Using a motivator I have found excellent for me is sharing events that are in an area of interest to someone else. Exploring these areas of interest previously foreign to me has been a wonderful, eye opening experience. By sharing someone else's passion you open up better communication because people love to talk about things of which they are passionate. That can be a fun and different way to look at events.

By my definition a great event is one that brings you happiness and helps you create terrific memories. It can be a well known great event like the State Fair of Texas or it can be a small town kite festival, it all depends on what you happen to be in the mood for at that moment. If you go to an event and get to dance on stage, that is a great event. But if you don't go there you will never know. By using the search box above, you can search for something that is perfect. Personally I am in the mood for chocolate at this moment. And before you say that is not an event, must I remind you that it's me talking here! So get out there and have fun people because life, like events, is/are what you make of it/them.

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Thunder in the Valley

Jun 20, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Point Stadium Johnstown, PA US 15907

Since 1997. One of the east coast's best and fastest growing motorcycle rallies. Welcome party, parade poker run, scenic rides, custom bike show, motorcross, dirt drags, demo rides, food booths, live entertainment, hill climbs, vintage and unique bike museum, vendors and more.

70,000 Attendees

Meeker Days Festival

Jun 21, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Downtown Puyallup, WA US 98371

Since 1939, features four main stages filled with great entertainment, over 130 arts and crafts booths, wine and beer gardens, children's zone, teen zone with skatepark, antique tractor display, classic car show, farmer's market and two food courts. The Meeker Days Festival lines 14 city blocks. Meridian Street Between East Main and 4th Avenue Southwest.

60,000 Attendees

Western Fest

Jun 19, 2013 - Jun 22, 2013

Lee Mar Ranch Granite Falls, MN US 56241

Since 1980, features PRCA sanctioned stampede rodeo performances, street dances, community activities, kiddie parade, grand parade, horse pulled wagon rides, beer garden, mechanical bull, pony rides, food stand, Miss Western Fest and Princesses and more.

100,000 Attendees

Rotary GroveFest

Jun 20, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Fishel Park Downers Grove, IL US 60515

Since 1982, selected as one of the best fests in the Midwest, street fair offers entertainment, food, amusement rides, arts and crafts, antiques, classic cars and more. The entertainment area will feature everything from big name bands to local talent from dance studios, teen bands, and the best in local and regional musical talent covering many genres. In addition to the wide variety of music talents, a wide range of local food will be offered by restaurants from around town.

100,000 Attendees

Safeway Barbecue Battle

Jun 22, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Downtown Washington, DC US 20001

Since 1993, taste and food festival featuring the National Barbecue Battle. Also featured are cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, a carnival, children's activities and a giant Safeway Sampling Pavilion. Come and see why this event is consistently named one of the best barbecue events in the country. Takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue, Between 9th and 14th Streets.

100,000 Attendees

Utah Arts Festival

Jun 20, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Library Square Salt Lake City, UT US 84101

Since 1977, 120+ juried artists, performances of visual and literary arts, interactive art projects for adults and children, performing arts stages, culinary arts, a fine arts exhibition and literary arts projects in addition to the Artists Marketplace and more. Children are fully immersed in the arts at the Art Yard where local nonprofits create hands-on projects; teenagers have an opportunity to explore their creative sides at the Urban Arts venue; Artists At Work show cases the talents of local artist guilds as set up and create art on site.

88,000 Attendees

Country Jam

Jun 20, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Country Jam USA Ranch Mack, CO US 81525

Since 1993, four days of country music performed by the top country acts in the world. Continuous music from award winning performers and promising new acts. Camping, food, beer tents and lots of good wholesome outdoor country fun.

110,000 Attendees

Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off

Jun 22, 2013

Ocean Beach Recreation Center San Diego, CA US 92108

Over 200 booths with crafts from local artists and food, children's corner and entertainment. The Chili Cook-Off will take place 10am to 3pm at the foot of Newport Avenue with a breeze from the ocean to cool that "hot" chili! Amateur cooks with original recipes compete for prizes. Smart and Final will again participate making the "Committee Chili"! Come early so you can taste every chili recipe.

70,000 Attendees

Sand Sculpting Competition

Jun 19, 2013 - Jun 21, 2013

Along the Water Hampton Beach, NH US 03843

It all began in 2000 with twenty-five cents. One quarter. The New Hampshire Quarter to be precise. Local artist and master sand sculptor Greg Grady was commissioned by the U.S. Mint to create a larger than life replica of the new tail side edition New Hampshire quarter out of ten tons of sand during the Hampton Beach Childrens Festival. At the time, it was just a part if the statewide celebration held for the release of that coin. It was something Hampton Beach had never seen the likes of before! Fortunately, it was something Hampton Beach would see again. The following year, the first annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpture Competition was held. When 220 tons of imported sand was trucked into the beach with Greg Grady and his 'bunch' laboring for five days on the sponsor site followed by a three day competition of ten world class masters creating their own unique sculpture, a new era was born and sand sculpture had arrived to the northeast. Over the course of the event nothing but sand, water, and a bit of their own creativity is used to create astonishing works of art out of shapeless heaps of sand. When completed they are sprayed with windscreen (a solution of school glue and water) to protect them from the elements and remain standing for viewing for weeks creating a free museum of master pieces on the beach.

125,000 Attendees

Summer Solstice Parade and Festival

Jun 21, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Santa Barbara, CA US 93101

The Summer Solstice Celebration has evolved into a street carnival of more than 1,000 parade participants, of all ethnic backgrounds, complete with extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles. metal, glass, fiber and wearable fashion. Children's Area will feature a stage with storytellers, musicians, drama, mimes and more. At the festival, Kids can jump on an air bouncer, have their faces painted and work on free art projects. Arts and crafts boutique with more than 75 vendors. Mouthwatering foods and thirst quenching beverages from local restaurants. Plus great entertainment.

100,000 Attendees

Ford Fireworks

Jun 24, 2013

Detroit Riverfront Parks Detroit, MI US 48201

Come and enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in North America. The fireworks showcase more than 10,000 pyrotechnics on the Detroit River. A million spectators on both sides of the river watching a 30-minute extravaganza shot from barges.

1,000,000 Attendees

Manayunk Arts Festival

Jun 22, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013

Manayunk Philadelphia, PA US 19127

Since 1989, this juried art show will feature 275 artists from across the country. The renowned Arts Festival offers something for everyone. In addition to the artists' work, there is music and other entertainment along Main Street. Manayunk's spectacular restaurants offer sidewalk café service, and Main Street's eclectic retail shops and galleries remain open for business. This family event also features special children's activities, including the annual Children's Clothesline Art Exhibit.

200,000 Attendees

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