State and Territory Fairs and Festivals
There is probably a festival or fair going on every day in the United States. They have many purposes. Famous people and native sons are remembered and honored. Art, music, and literature of all sorts are celebrated. Ethnic diversity is recognized and appreciated. History and heritage come alive. The fruits of many harvests are consumed in thanksgiving. Workers from lumberjacks to coals miners are feted. And sometimes, a fair or festival has no other purpose than an escape from everyday life and a good time.
The fairs and festivals enumerated below do not represent exhaustive lists by any means. Rather, fairs and festivals in each state and territory have been chosen to illustrate the special character of those areas. State tourism and travel offices should be contacted for exact dates of events, which change slightly from year to year.
From March through September is pilgrimage time in Alabama, a time to experience the old South in Alabama from Mobile in the south to Athens in the north and everything in between, including the capital city of Montgomery. There the Civil Rights Memorial is located, along with the state capitol building, where Jefferson Davis declared the Confederacy. The festival season kicks off with Mardi Gras in Mobile. In fact, Mobile rather