The Summer Calendar
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The Summer Calendar
Winnipeg International Children’s Festival
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
interactive workshops such as hat making, paper making, puppet making, kite making, and plain old merrymaking. Admission is $10 for adults and children. Call 204-958-4730 for information.
National Tom Sawyer Days
race to the end of a Hannibal street, where they grab a brush and paint a miniature picket fence. The winner is judged on costume accuracy, speed, and fence-painting thoroughness. Though the contest is for boys only, girls can outdo them in watermelon seed spitting and bubble blowing at the Tomboy Sawyer Contest. The event is free for everyone. Call 573-221-2477 for more
Oatman Route 66 Egg Fry
be prepared sunnyside up. The entry fee is $10. Call 520-768-6222.
Mississippi River Log Boom
July 31-August 2
La Crosse, Wisconsin
spinners, weavers, and furniture makers display their craft. There’s a special log-rolling tank along with a Paul Bunyan Playground where kids can practice tree climbing, sawing, and braying like Babe the Blue Ox. Adults pay $7 per day; kids under 12 are free. Call 608-782-1003.
Crop Over Festival
during the Kiddie Kadooment (Bajan for “big fuss”), a carnival-like parade of over-the-top glittery costumes. For information on the five-week festival, which runs from June 28 to August 4, contact the Barbados Board of Tourism (800-221-9831).
All-American Soap Box Derby
racers swim, ride horses, and commiserate with fellow contestants until the games begin. Spectator admission is $5. Call 330-733-8723 for information.
Great Klondike Outhouse Race
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
the Gilligan’s Island crew, slices of pizza, and colorful bathroom-humor themes storm the streets of Dawson City during the town’s fiercely competitive Great Klondike Outhouse Race. Teams of five, with four racers pushing via specially welded handles on the back and front of the outhouse and one racer sitting on the throne, wheel it along a 1.86-mile course while hundreds of
spectators cheer wildly from the sidelines. Competitors who take the race seriously, like Dawson City’s own “White Lightning” (the winningest team of all time), shun elaborate costumes and race their unadorned plywood structure through town devoid of frivolous distractions — they’re only interested in speed. This year’s entry fee is $75 per team. Outhouse rental is $50.
For additional information on viewing or entering the race, call 403-993-5575.
Illustrations by Laura Scandrett
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