Monday Mojo — #americanmade

Clarinda Iowa

Clarinda Iowa 0

There is something quintessentially great about small towns. Main St Mojo can exist in a city of any size but we particularly love when a city out kicks their coverage. Clarinda, Iowa does just that. Despite being a small city of roughly 5000 people it attracts over double that thanks to it’s amazing art museum. Take in the story here:


We’ve definitely added this town to one of our most cultured Main St Mojo spots – is there a way to measure culture per capita? The trifecta of someone giving back to their home town, saving a cool historic building and involving a community in art – the kids are docents just gives us the warm fuzzies. More about the museum here:

World Championship Grape Stomp 0

We’re already missing the Olympics but to feed our need for competition and because we are starting to get excited about Fall, we’d encourage you to book your tickets now for the Sonoma Harvest Fair. Wine, food and most importantly, the World Championship Grape Stomp. That’s right, international competition involving a team of two showdown, proving which team is the fastest at producing the good stuff. Stompers from all over the world have won the right to compete in the Festival and vie for the World Champion title. We like wine, and think getting an eye full of the feet that make your beverage is not a bad idea. Not a bad way to kick off Fall in our opinion. September 30th - October 2nd.

Dog Days of Summer 0

Dogs welcome, people allowed! The Dog Days of Denton is celebrating its 23rd year, Saturday, October 1st, 2016, from 9am - 3pm at the North Texas State Fairgrounds. This is THE original Texas festival for pooches and their people. The schedule of events is jam packed with Canine Couture Costume Contests, Pet Tricks, Dancing with the Dog Contest, How Obedient if Your Dog?, Dog Singing Contests and more. 

Remember to bring a donation of food for the Denton Animal Shelter. Get the perfect holiday card photo of your furry companion with their "GlamFur" shot.

Barnesville Potato Days – Barnesville, Minnesota 0

This festival has been rated one of the most “a-ppealing” festivals in the USA and you can join in August 26th- 27th 2016. There is plenty of the standard summer fun festival activities like kids games, quilting show, parades, but what really caught our attention was the mashed potato wrestling contest. Mushy like mud but tasty like, well, mashed potatoes. Weird AND yummy.  

Add to that the potato sack fashion show and the crowning of the new Miss Tater Tot and the weekend is complete. This festival was started in the late 1930’s which means it has some real staying power much like the mashed potatoes one might find in varied places post wrestling we are guessing.

Bill Johnston’s PIRATE DAYS – Alexandria Bay, NY

Bill Johnston’s PIRATE DAYS – Alexandria Bay, NY 0

Arrrgh you ready for 10 days of pirate fun and events!? August 12th - 21st, 2016, the Alexandria Bay celebrates the annual Bill Johnston's Pirate Days.  "Bill Johnston was a renegade after the Patriots War, who blew up the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel, hid among the 1000 Islands, and was hunted by both U.S. and Canadian authorities."  The entire town is STRONGLY encouraged to dress as a pirate. Those seen out of costume are likely to be captured!  A band of sword fighting pirates can be seen on all 10 of the days and each day is filled with, cannon and musket fire, pirate invasion with tall battle ships, pirate crafts, pirate skits, and pirate story time! All wrapped up by the Bill Johnston's Pirate Days Grande Parade. 

Get Stuffed at the Pierogi Fest 0

The Pierogi Festival in Whiting Indiana, July 29th – 31st , 2016, is our kind of party. A multi-day event to celebrate a potato filled pasta is something we can get behind.  Not only are these days filled with starchy and yummy goodness (see what we did there…) the Village People are playing! This is just the cherry on top to the Polka dance off, the lawnmower parade – sandals and black socks required, and babushka dress up attire en vogue. So wait, we get to eat as much as we want, including dessert pierogis while wearing house coat? Truly our prayers have been answered. Complete with the host of the event Mr. Pierogi and Polkahontas, who will be judging the dance off, naturally. It’s the kind of weird fun your summer needs.