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Edison Festival of Light Fort Myers, Fla. January 29 – February 20, 2011 CONTACT: Karen Ryan, (239) 334-2999; info@edisonfestival.org; www.edisonfestival.org For more than three weeks, FortMyers celebrates the birthday of one of its most illustrious historical fi gures,ThomasA.Edison. Edison, who spent winters in a home he built on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River and invented the light bulb, so it’s fi tting that the month culminateswith a lighted night parade. Inven-tion competitions, crafts shows and a 5Krun are all part of the fun.Named one of North America’s Top 100 Events and one of the Top 20Events in the Southeast, the 73rdEdisonFestival of Light has something for everyone. We invite guests to enjoy three weeks of celebration of the innova-tion ofThomasEdison and the quality of life of our host city of FortMyers.Featured events listed on website. OTHER ATTRACTIONS: Edison FordWinter Estates, Minnesota Twins Spring Training, Boston Red Sox Spring Training HolidayFantaSea Motorcoach Festival Myrtle Beach, SC November 29 – December 2, 2011 CONTACT: Mandy Holt, (800) 488-8998 ext. 7260; mandy.holt@visitmyrtle beach.com; www.visit myrtlebeach.com/groups_ meetings/groups_tours.html The AnnualHoliday Fanta-Sea MotorcoachFestival is co-sponsored by the Coastal Network Cooperative and the Myrtle Beach AreaCon-vention & VisitorsBureau. The event was originally conceived in2001 to thank tours for visiting the area. The festivalhas maintained its originalmission and grown to bea wonderful value-added attraction for tour operators.Upon arriving, eachgroup iswel-comed at the mainentrance of the PalaceTheatre.As they disembark, visitors are presented a gift bag of goodies.Eachmorning culminateswith the drawing and presentationof a $500 gift certifi cate to a local shopping destination. OTHER ATTRACTIONS: Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach Shopping, Myrtle Beach Attractions Fantasy In Lights® Pine Mountain, Ga. November 18 – December 30, 2011 CONTACT: John McKinney, (800) 543-7121; jmckinney@ callawaygardens.com Holiday magic shines at Fantasy In Lights® , now in its 20th year. Since 1992, this outdoor light and sound showhas glittered with holiday magic for millions. More than 12 sceneswith special themes transform what is by day the five-mile scenic drive into a holiday wonderful by night.Custom music for each scene is delivered by more than 400 speakers and is heard by guests traveling through by motorcoach, personal vehicle or Jolly Trolley.The nearby Christmas Village is the place towarmup, drink hot chocolate and cider, buy that special Christmas gift and share Christmas wishes with Santa.Pack-ages designed for overnight and day motorcoach groups are available.Our overnight motorcoach package includes accommodations at the Mountain Creek Inn; breakfast and dinner, in-cluding gratuity; admission Internationally Known Events 56th Kentucky Derby Festival & 137th Ken-tucky Derby Louisville, Ky. April 16– May 7, 2011 CONTACT: Dineene Bradley, (800) 626-5646; dbradley@ gotolouisville.com; www.kdf.org The Kentucky Derby Festival is one of the premier events of its kind in the world draw-ing 1.5 million people annually. KDF is a whirlwind of 70 events, starting with Thunder Over Louisville, the opening ceremonies of the two-week fes-tival.With an average attendance of half a million people, it is the largest annual event in the region, the largest annual pyrotechnics display in North America, and one of the top fi ve air shows in the country. The fes-tival generates more than $96.3 million for the local economy and $300,000 for area charities annually. The Festival is held in the two-week period leading up to the an-nual running of the Kentucky Derby, the “Run for the Roses.” The Festival is put on by 4,000+ volunteers, making it a true com-munity undertaking. Virginia Arts Festival Norfolk, Va. April 16– May 30, 2011 CONTACT: Dianna Starkey, (877) 741-2787; dstarkey@ vafest.org; www.vafest.org As part of the Virginia Arts Festival, the Vir-ginia International Tattoo (April 28-May 1, 2011) is the centerpiece of an unforgettable trip! You have to see it to understand why audiences are so passionate about this performance. The centuries-old Scottish tradition with a 21st century American soul is dif-ferent each year with new performers from across the globe, new themes of honor and patriotism, and state of the art technical effects which leave audiences in awe. This is the Tattoo experience your group will fall in love with each year. The performances are held in Norfolk, Va. as part of the Virginia Arts Festival. Rousing music, stirring dance, and awe-inspiring spectacles await! Sig-nifi cant discounts and specials are offered to spectators. Country Music Association-CMA Music Fest Nashville, Tenn. June 9 – 12, 2011 CONTACT: Scott Stem, (615) 244-2840; www.cmafest.com The CMA Music Festival is Nashville’s signature music event, consisting of four days and more than 100 hours of live music, autograph signings by country music’s biggest names and up-and-comers, and celebrity events. The event will celebrate 40 years in 2011. USA Today calls it “the crown jewel of Country Music festi-vals.” The artists par-ticipate in the event for free as a way to thank their fans for their support. Fifty percent of the net proceeds are used to purchase instruments for music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION \ 2011 TOP 100 EVENTS 15

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