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Top 20 Vermont Events for 2009

Top 20 Vermont Events for 2009
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MAY 1: WOODSTOCK, Opening Day at Billings Farm and Museum. Bring the family for the launch of the museum’s 27th season and celebrate with horse-drawn wagon rides and free ice cream. 802-457-2355;

MAY 23: BENNINGTON, Mayfest Juried Arts & Crafts Festival. Historic Main Street transforms into a showcase of arts and crafts, family entertainment, demonstrations, live entertainment, roving entertainers, and delicious fare ranging from barbeque to Indian. 802-442-5758;

MAY 24: WILMINGTON, Great Duck Race. More than 2,000 yellow rubber ducks will enter the Deerfield River to benefit Vermont’s Make a Wish Foundation. More than 100 prizes, including gift certificates and products from local businesses and restaurants. Face painting, balloons, games, food, and a quacking contest, all on the lawn at Crafts Inn. 802-464-5618;

JUNE 5-7: BRATTLEBORO, Strolling of the Heifers. A top event in southwestern Vermont, with 4H exhibits, a parade down Main Street, Dairy Fest, marketplace, Green Expo, music and dancing, a Royal Farmers’ Feast on Sunday, and farm tours. 802-258-9177;

JUNE 13-14: MANCHESTER, Antique and Classic Car Show. This prestigious show at Dorr Farm features 43 classes of cars and 800 antique vehicles each year, plus a silent auction, raffles, live music, a variety of vendors, a midget race-car exhibit, automotive tech sessions, field games (including the sparkplug changing competition), and a parade through town. 800-362-4144;

JUNE 28: EAST THETFORD, Strawberry Festival. Come to Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center to celebrate Vermont’s local organic agriculture. This “green” event includes a guided farm tour, cooking demonstrations, live music, and plenty of homemade strawberry shortcake, locally made food, and organic ice cream. 802-785-4737;

JUNE 28, JULY 12, AUG. 9, 30: SALISBURY, SunTriathlon Series. Swim, bike, and run through Branbury State Park in one of four triathlon events this summer. In these challenging, fun events, all in picturesque surroundings, choose to run 3, 6, or 13 miles; bike 14, 28, or 56 miles; and swim 600 yards, 0.9 mile, or 1.2 miles. 802-462-2999;

JULY 3-5: TUNBRIDGE, Morgan Horse Days. Celebrate America’s oldest original breed, founded in Vermont, at Tunbridge Fairgrounds’ infield, old-time grandstand, and half-mile track. A holiday weekend of Morgan races and competitions. 802-763-7022;

JULY 4: WARDSBORO, July 4th Parade and Street Fair. Featuring marching bands, floats, antique cars, firetrucks, and much more, followed by an old-fashioned street fair with games, concessions, chicken barbeque, and auction. 802-896-6871;

JULY 10-12: TINMOUTH, SolarFest. Environmental fun with 65-plus workshops, a marketplace packed with renewable energy and sustainability exhibitors, food, crafts, Theater-in-the-Woods, and a full lineup of music, dance, and poetry on two solar-powered stages at Forget-Me-Not Farm. 802-235-2707 before June 15, 802-235-1513 onsite after June 15; solarfest.orgg

JULY 11: CRAFTSBURY COMMON, Antiques & Uniques Festival. More than 100 antique and craft vendors, jewelry makers, quilters, potters, woodworkers, and more. Visit the bake sale and grill, and listen to live Celtic music, all on the common, in support of the Vermont Children’s Aid Society. 802-655-0006;

JULY 16-19: KILLINGTON, Wine Festival. The headline event is Saturday’s Grand Tasting at the Peak, as a gondola ride brings you to a wine tasting with a view. Sunday, the Bubbly Brunch will take place at a fine area restaurant, and new this year is Nine & Wine, with wine samplings at each hole of Green Mountain National Golf Course. 800-337-1928, 802-773-4181;

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 Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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