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Top 20 Vermont Events

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

AUG. 28-SEPT. 6: ESSEX JUNCTION, Champlain Valley Fair. Celebrate agriculture at the Champlain Valley Exposition fairgrounds, with circus acts, shopping, great food, blue-ribbon competitions, animals, concerts, and more. This year’s highlight event is a performance by country-music superstar Keith Urban (Sept. 4). 802-878-5545;

SEPT. 4-5: BENNINGTON, Garlic & Herb Festival. An event with the slogan “Vermont Stinks!” is bound to be fun. Celebrate this glorious bulb in all its odorous forms, including ice cream, jelly, dips, dressings, salsas, even hot dogs and margaritas. Plus a hay maze and planting, growing, braiding, and harvesting lectures. 802-447-3311;

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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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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