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Top 20 Vermont Events for 2011

Top 20 Vermont Events for 2011
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by in May 2011

APRIL 30-MAY 1: ESSEX JUNCTION, Everything Equine. Seminars, exhibits, and presentations devoted to the love of horses, featuring speakers and experts in equine science, industry, and competitive sports. Plus an equine art show, 4-H corner, and more, all at the Champlain Valley Expo. 802-878-5545; cvexpo.org

APRIL 30-MAY 1: WOODSTOCK, Spring Farm Festival. A weekend packed with traditional seasonal activities at Billings Farm & Museum, including the annual shearing of the Southdown flock. Farmers demonstrate plowing skills with oxen and draft-horse teams; plus horse-drawn wagon rides and more. 802-457-2355; billingsfarm.org

MAY 1: ROCKINGHAM, Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival. Take an early-morning stroll through a renowned birding area and spot a variety of winged species along the Connecticut River. Plus live “Wildlife Encounters,” nature presentations (including guests from the International Wolf Center), guided strolls, workshops, crafts, storytelling, and great food. 802-843-2111; www.nature-museum.org

MAY 21: DERBY, Dandelion Run. The world’s prettiest weeds are the backdrop for this half-marathon (with relay options) along dirt roads and through bright fields in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom. Gather at the Derby Beach House at Lake Salem. 802-334-8511; dandelionrun.org

MAY 28: BENNINGTON, Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival. Historic Main, School, Silver, and Valentine streets transform into pedestrian thoroughfares hosting more than 190 artisans (selling jewelry, pottery, fine art, and more), vendors, and entertainers, plus a beer garden and great food. 802-442-5758; betterbennington.com

JUNE 3-5: BRATTLEBORO, Strolling of the Heifers. Friday evening features a gallery walk and live music, plus the River Garden’s “Ultimate New England Sandwich” competition finale. Saturday brings the 10th annual parade of flower-bedecked dairy calves strolling up historic Main Street. Don’t miss Saturday’s “Live Green Expo” (crafts, cheesemaking, conservation exhibits, and films) at the Brattleboro Retreat and Sunday’s “Tour de Heifer” (three farm-to-farm bike rides). 802-258-9177; www.strollingoftheheifers.com

JUNE 11-12: MANCHESTER, Antique & Classic Car Show. Some 40 classes of autos and 800 antique vehicles, all at Dorr Farm. Silent auction, raffles, live music, vendors, tech sessions, parade, and more. 800-362-4144; manchestercarshow.com

JUNE 11-12: STATEWIDE, Vermont Days. Free admission at all Vermont State Historic Sites and State Park day-use areas. Visit the Web sites for lists of monuments, homes, and outdoor recreation and natural areas. 802-828-3213, historicvermont.org; 802-241-3655, vtstateparks.com

JUNE 17-19: QUECHEE, Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Crafts & Music Festival. Come to the Quechee Green: food, music, kids’ activities, skydiving demonstrations, 20 colorful hot-air balloons on scheduled flights, balloon rides, beer garden, and 75 crafters and vendors. 800-295-5451, 802-295-7900; quecheeballoonfestival.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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