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Top 20 Vermont Events for 2009

Top 20 Vermont Events for 2009
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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; vtmorganheritagedays.org

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; wardsborovt.com

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; vtcas.org

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; killingtonchamber.com

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; frenchheritageday.com

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; colgatepark.com

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; vermontartfest.com

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; burlingtoncityarts.com

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; grandviewwinery.com

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