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Road Trips — By Apryl Chapman Thomas on April 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm
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50 Things to do With Your Mom in the South on Mother’s Day Weekend

From Missouri to Maryland, there’s so much going on in the south during Mmothersdaycaketravellingsteveothers’ Day weekend that you’ll have no problem making her Mother’s Day memorable. Here are 50 fun, diverse and entertaining suggestions on what to do with mom in the region on her special day.

  1. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at the 48th annual 2010 Valley of Flowers Festival in Florissant, Mo., May 6-9
  2. Celebrate President Truman’s birthday in Independence, Mo. at the Truman Library on May 8.
  3. Enjoy free strawberries and ice cream, and much more at the 63rd annual  Strawberry Festival in Stilwell, Okla., May 8.
  4. Celebrate the arts at the Arts for All Festival in Lawton, Okla., May 7-9.
  5. Barbecue and music are a winning combination at the BBQ ‘n Blues Festival in Bixby, Okla., May 7-8.
  6. Enjoy a carnival, arts and crafts, barbecue and more at Mineola (Texas) May Days, May 6-8
  7. Discover Brenham, Texas’ German heritage at the 120th annual Maifest, May 7-8.
  8. Relax and enjoy a Mother’s Day Concert in the Park in Austin, Texas, May 9.
  9. Sample some barbecued goat and other dishes at the 27th annual Electra (Texas) Goat BBQ, May 7-8.
  10. Learn about the birds at Ozark Birders’ Springtime Retreat in Bull Shoals, Ark., May 7-9.
  11. From artists’ demonstrations to booths filled with their works, it’s all art at the 8th annual Art in the Park in Hot Springs, Ark.,
  12. Take in five homes along the city’s National Register Historic District during the 46th annual Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Historic Homes in Little Rock, Ark., May 8-9.
  13. Pick up a treasure or two along El Camino Real “Sale on the Trail,” Natchitoches, La., May 7-8.
  14. Take a hike and learn about bald eagles on the Eagle Rock Tour at South Toledo Bend State Park in Anacoco, La., May 8.
  15. Return to the day of pirates at Contraband Days Festival in Lake Charles, La., through May 9.
  16. Explore with either a downtown walking tour (May 8) or a historic garden tour (May 9) in Natchez, Miss.
  17. Learn about the birds at International Migratory Bird Day at Jackson (Miss.) Zoological Park on May 8.
  18. Listen to the music at the 5th annual Bluff Creek Bluegrass Festival in Vancleave, Miss., on May 6-8.
  19. Take part in celebrating Alabama’s Small Towns and Downtown on May 7-8 at Buck Creek Festival in Helena, Ala.
  20. It’s art for everyone at Jasper’s (Ala.) ART in the Park, May 8.
  21. Let the Mobile Youth Symphony Orchestra entertain you and your mom during the Mother’s Day Garden Concert at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Ala., May 9.
  22. Live entertainment and more awaits you at the 73rd annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Humboldt, May 2 – 8, 22.
  23. It’s all about music, food and other activities at the 25th annual Flag Pond (Tenn.) Ramp Festival, May 8.
  24. People-watch and horse-watch at the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville, Tenn., May 8.
  25. Discover the arts at ARTSSpring (PDF file) in Sandy Springs, Ga., through May 15.
  26. Feel like a kid again at the Georgia State Fair in Macon, through May 9.
  27. Start the weekend off right with the First Friday Oyster Roast and Fireworks at Westin Savannah (Ga.) Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, May 7.
  28. Have fun in downtown Panama City during Friday Fest, May 7.
  29. Celebrate the arts beachside at ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival in Seaside, Fla., May 6-9.
  30. Enjoy the Mother’s Day Native American Pow Wow in Dade City, May 7-9.
  31. Take in the melodious Mother’s Day Carillon Concerts at Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Fla., May 9.
  32. There’s hog callin’ and more at the Hog on the Hill BBQ Cook-Off in Chester, S.C., May 7-8.
  33. It may sound a little different, but there’s something for all at the SC Poultry Festival in Batesburg-Leesville, May 6-8.
  34. Kick off May on the street during the 5th annual Mayfest on Main, a street party, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., May 8.
  35. Watch the balloons launch and more at Village Fest in Kannapolis, N.C., May 7-8.
  36. There’s music for everyone’s taste at Beaufort (N.C.) Music Festival, May 7-8.
  37. Go fly a kit at the Mother’s Day Fun Fly Festival in Corolla, N.C., May 9.
  38. There’s a little bit of everything at 5th annual Magic in the Mountains in Clifton Forge, Va., May 7-8.
  39. Treat your mom (and your self) to some new art pieces at the Art on the Half Shell Art & Fine Crafts Festival in Urbanna, Va., May 8.
  40. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars for the Birding Tours at George Washington’s Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Va., May 8.
  41. Go explore during the Mother’s Day James River Plantation Progressive Tour in Williamsburg, Va., May 9.
  42. Get out and celebrate at the  Second Saturday Downtown Street Fair in Bowling Green, Ky., May 8.
  43. It’s that time of year of the for barbecue festivals. Give into the smells and try some at the International BBQ Festival in Owensboro, Ky., May 7-8.
  44. Tour Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Ky.
  45. Spend time outdoors rediscovering nature during the 49th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage in Davis, WVa., May 6-9.
  46. Learn about the person who started the observance at the Mother’s Day Founders Festival in Grafton, WVa., May 8-9.
  47. It’s a day of music with the Traditional Music Day at Prickett’s Fort in Fairmont, WVa., May
  48. Celebrate spring at the 20th annual Springfest in Ocean City, Md., May 6-9.
  49. Browse, and possibly buy at the Bethesda (Md.) Fine Arts Festival, May 8-9.
  50. Learn about the film-making process and perhaps discover a new director at the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore, May 6-9.

photo credit: (first page, top left) Mother’s Day Cake, flickr, creative commons by travelling.steve

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