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Top 20 Vermont Events

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Top 20 Vermont Events
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Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices. For hundreds of fairs, festivals, exhibits, shows, and other fun activities, go to:

MAY 1-2: WOODSTOCK, Spring Farm Festival. A weekend packed with traditional spring 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;

MAY 2: ROCKINGHAM, Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival. Take an early-morning walk through a renowned birding area and spot a variety of winged species along the Connecticut River. 802-843-2111;

MAY 22: 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. 802-334-8511;

MAY 29: BENNINGTON, Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival. Historic Main Street transforms into a pedestrian-only thoroughfare with artisans’ booths, more than 12 live entertainment venues, a beer garden, and great food. 802-442-5758;

JUNE 4-6: BRATTLEBORO, Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival. Inspired by Spain’s famous “Running of the Bulls,” this top event features scores of dairy cows strolling up historic Main Street toward the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat and the family-friendly Dairy Festival. Don’t miss the “Green Expo,” Sunday’s “Royal Farmers’ Feast,” and farm tours, too. 802-257-0249, 802-258-9177;

JUNE 12-13: MANCHESTER, Antique and Classic Car Show. Cadillacs and Porsches, plus 43 other classes of automobiles and 800 antique vehicles, all at Dorr Farm. Silent auction, raffles, live music, vendors, tech sessions, field games, and a parade through town. 800-362-4144;

JUNE 18-20: STOWE, Wine & Food Classic. Friday evening, a wine tasting at West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park; followed by a gala dinner and live auction Saturday evening, seminars and cooking demos on Sunday, and a grand tasting and silent auction Sunday evening, all at Trapp Family Lodge. 802-253-0399;

JUNE 25-27: ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont Quilt Festival. New England’s oldest and largest quilt event fills the Champlain Valley Expo, with more than 500 new and antique works on display. Shop more than 85 booths brimming with quilts, fabrics, and gifts; choose from 80 classes and lectures with nationally renowned teachers; plus appraisals, gallery talks, and demonstrations. 802-872-0034;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

Please Note: This information 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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Updated Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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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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