SHARE’s Top Spring Photo Ops

May 11 – 12, 2008
Gardens for Connoisseurs – Atlanta, GA

The annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour on Mother’s Day weekend is sure to impress connoisseurs and novices alike, as some of Atlanta’s most beautiful private gardens are open to the public. The Tour puts on display great design and planting ideas from Atlanta’s most talented gardeners and landscape architects. Tickets are $20 in advance until May 9 or $30 on Tour Days. Tickets are available in advance at the Garden’s Gift Shop and area garden centers. Tickets will also available at individual gardens on the days of the Tour.

May 15, 2008
World Championship BBQ-Cooking Contest – Memphis, TN

Drawing over 90,000 food enthusiasts this weekend cook-off in Memphis, TN features teams of BBQ experts competing for over $60,000 in prize money! Each cleverly named team dresses their stands with elaborate decorations, previous trophies and, of course, the best of their down-south BBQ cuisine. Dubbed the “Superbowl of Swine,” the cookoff is just one of the Memphis in May festivals. Vegetarians beware, this contest is for serious meat-lovers!

May 17, 2008
Mike the Headless Chicken Days – Fruita, CO

One of the oddest events ever featured on the Top Ten List, the Mike The Headless Chicken Days commemorate a freak accident in 1945 which left Mike the rooster headless yet alive for a full 18 months! Since 1999, the town of Fruita, CO, has held a festival for Mike the Headless Chicken where locals and visitors alike partake in festivities such as a 5K “Run Like A Headless Chicken” race, the “Good Egg” awards, a chicken dance contest and of course an astounding assortment of chicken dishes.

May 18, 2008
Bay to Breakers Foot Race – San Francisco, CA

Whether you prefer to run in a spandex bodysuit or a spanish bullfighter’s uniform, this race is right for you! Last year’s troops consisted of professional runners (vying for cash and prizes) alongside… running picnic tables? You’ve got to see it to believe it. The Bay to Breakers Foot Race is 12K (from San Francisco Bay to the breakers of the Pacific Ocean) and the onlookers always have as much fun (if not more) than the runners… you don’t have to race to dress up!

May 21, 2008
Zoopolis 500 – Indianapolis, IN

The Indianapolis Zoo hosts the annual tortoise race, which is modeled after the Indianapolis 500 motor race. The tortoises are lured to the finish line with fresh fruits and vegetables. The event is presented by the American Dairy Association of Indiana, and marks the move of the Aldabra tortoises from their winter area to their summer home.

June 5 – 8, 2008
25th Annual Chicago Blues Festival – Chicago, IL

With six stages and turn-outs of over 750,000, the Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free-admission blues festival in the world. Showcasing local, national and international artists this year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in years! The festival will celebrate its 25th year featuring a quarter of a century of Chicago Blues Festival highlights. It will also mark the centennials of Louis Jordan, Tommy McLennan and Blind John Davis. Performance headliners include legendary artists Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Buckwheat Taylor and blues icon B.B. King.