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Top 20 Vermont Events for 2009

JULY 17-18: VERGENNES, French Heritage Day. Music, food, traditional craft demonstrations, exhibits, walking tours, horse and carriage rides, children’s activities, and a French Mass are only a few of the cultural offerings throughout town. Visit with the French Canadian Genealogical Society, fill up at the French toast breakfast, and don’t miss Friday’s “Veillee,” an evening with French food, Quebecois music, and dancing. 800-733-8376, 802-388-7951;

JULY 24-26: BENNINGTON, Maplerama 2009 & The Shires Maple Festival. The annual trade show for Vermont maple syrup makers and maple product producers joins the first Shires Maple Festival, a new celebration of regional farming, local produce, specialty foods, and fine handcrafted products. Enjoy live music and entertainment, a food court, pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday, workshops, demonstrations, a farmers’ market, and more, all at Colgate Park. 802-447-3900;

AUG. 1-31, SEPT 5-7: WARREN, WAITSFIELD, FAYSTON, MORETOWN, Vermont Festival of the Arts. This month-long Mad River Valley festival features more than 100 events covering the visual arts, culinary arts, music, workshops, and tours. Don’t miss the craft fair of local artisans on Labor Day weekend, or the Big Red Barn show highlighting valley artists (all month long). 800-517-4247, 802-496-6682;

AUG. 7-9: BURLINGTON, Festival of Fools. Curated festival of street theater devoted to circus arts, music, and comedy for the whole family. Featuring international street performers, comedians, and more in downtown Burlington. 802-865-7166;

AUG. 15: EAST CALAIS, Blueberry Festival. Taste Grand View Winery’s blueberry wine at this festival featuring local live music, blueberry pie (whole or by the slice), and blueberry jam, all from organic produce. 802-456-7012;

AUG. 27-30: WILMINGTON, Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair. Traditional activities abound, including a talent show, ox and truck pulls, a horse show, children’s games (including a watermelon-seed-spitting contest), country jam session, cattle show, barnyard petting farm, pie-eating contest, exhibits, agricultural demonstrations, and more. 802-319-0117;

AUG. 29-SEPT. 7: ESSEX JUNCTION, Champlain Valley Fair. Vermont’s largest event celebrates agriculture and fun at the Champlain Valley Exposition fairgrounds for 10 fun summer days filled with live entertainment, circus acts, a carnival, shopping, favorite foods and snacks of all kinds, blue-ribbon competitions, animals, and concerts. 802-878-5545;

SEPT. 5-6: BENNINGTON, Garlic & Herb Festival. From garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, this festival celebrates our favorite bulb in all its wonder and variety–pickled, roasted, braided, and of course, plain. Samples, demonstrations, Garlic Golf, hay maze, live music, and much more. 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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Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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