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Top 20 Vermont Events

Top 20 Vermont Events
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by in May 2010

JUNE 26-27: TUNBRIDGE, Vermont History Expo. Tunbridge Fairgrounds bustles with more than 150 local historical societies, museums, and heritage organizations celebrating Green Mountain State history, with exhibits, music, family activities, food, presentations, and performances. Helen Dillon is this year’s featured artist, creating serigraphs (silkscreen prints) inspired by the changing seasons. 802-479-8505; www.vermonthistory.org/expo

JUNE 27: EAST THETFORD, Strawberry Festival. Visit Cedar Circle Farm and celebrate Vermont’s local organic agriculture with horse-drawn wagon rides, strawberry picking, kids’ crafts and games, and live music. Homemade shortcake and cheesecake, local ice cream, and more at this “green” event. 802-785-4737; cedarcirclefarm.org

JULY 3: BRANDON, Independence Day Celebration. Central Park comes to life early with vendors setting up for a full day of events, live bandstand music and entertainment, a silent auction, rides, amusements, parade, the “Great Brandon Ball Race,” a bluegrass concert, and fireworks. 802-247-6401; brandon.org/events

JULY 9-10: VERGENNES, French Heritage Day. Don’t miss Friday’s “Veillee,” an evening of French food, Quebecois music, and dancing at the Opera House. Then celebrate everything Franco-American at City Park on Saturday, with a French-toast breakfast, music, more food, traditional craft demos, genealogy workshops, exhibits, tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a French Mass at St. Peter’s Church. 800-733-8376, 802-388-7951; frenchheritageday.com

JULY 18-AUG. 8: STATEWIDE, Vermont Mozart Festival. This season, the festival celebrates Chopin’s 200th birthday, focusing on his piano concertos, mazurkas, sonatas, polonaises, and preludes. The festival will also feature a number of Mozart masterpieces, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard. 802-862-7352; vtmozart.org

JULY 24: MONTPELIER, Onion River Century Ride. Choose from three scenic rides through the Northeast Kingdom: the 112-mile full century, 110k (68-mile) metric century, and the 23-mile loop, all to raise funds for Kellogg-Hubbard Library. With food stops every 20 miles, a support truck, and an end-of-ride BBQ. 802-229-9409; www.onionriver.com/century

AUG. 1-SEPT. 6: MAD RIVER VALLEY, Vermont Festival of the Arts. More than 100 events, including music, workshops, and tours. August features local artists’ works at The Big Red Barn in Waitsfield; Labor Day weekend features the annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair at Waitsfield’s Kenyon Field. 800-517-4247, 802-496-6682; vermontartfest.com

AUG. 7: ARLINGTON, Norman’s Attic. The town’s annual crafts fair, named for Norman Rockwell, with gifts, pottery, art, jewelry, china, linens, antiques, collectibles, and home-cooked food on the town green and along Main Street. Check out the special map showing dozens of yard-sale locations throughout the area. 802-375-9952; stjamesarlingtonvt.org

AUG. 14: LUDLOW, Vermont State Zucchini Festival. Get zuked! Honor everyone’s favorite summer veggie, with great food, contests, crafts, entertainment, and sidewalk sales, all at Veterans Memorial Park and along Main Street. 802-228-5830; yourplaceinvermont.org

AUG. 19-22: WILMINGTON, Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair. Traditional activities, including a children’s lawnmower pull, an ox pull, and a truck pull. Don’t miss the horse show, watermelon-seed-spitting contest, country jam session, kids’ barnyard, pie-eating contest, exhibits, agricultural demos, demolition derby, and more. 802-319-0117; dvfair.com

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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One Response to Top 20 Vermont Events

  1. Kelly Stettner June 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Consider adding the 11th Annual RiverSweep as Yankee’s 2010 Best Volunteer Effort! We’re hauling junk out of the Black River for the tenth consecutive years, have removed well over 1,000 shopping carts in the past decade, and are having an actual ‘birthday party’ for the Black River Action Team this year, on Saturday August 28th! Get in touch with me for more info at blackrivercleanup(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks!

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