WASHINGTON, July 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, JULY 28: MOSQUITO FESTIVAL
Profile America — Saturday, July 28th. Many places in the U.S. are well known for their mosquitoes, but only in Clute, Texas, is a whole festival devoted to them. It's the 32nd annual Great Texas Mosquito Festival, which winds up a three-day run today. The arts and crafts, entertainment and food are expected to have drawn some 17,000 visitors — human, that is — plus an unknown number of winged guests. Watching over the festival is a 26-foot inflatable mosquito named "Willie Man-Chew." For many people, though, mosquitoes are no laughing matter. Around the world, 655,000 people die of malaria each year. In the U.S., there are about 1,400 cases of the disease reported annually, mostly contracted overseas. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 375www.mosquitofestival.comStatistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 184
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau
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