July 21, 2011
MONTPELIER, Vt. – The month of August is a perfect time to experience summer in Vermont. You’ll find country fairs, art festivals, craft shows and much more. Here are just a few of the many events taking place in Vermont in August. For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com.
Vermont Festival of the Arts
Mad River Valley – Aug. 1-Sept. 5, 2011
One of the most diverse festivals in New England, the Vermont Festival of the Arts is designed to entertain the soul, enlighten the mind and energize the spirit. Enjoy daily exhibits, workshops and demos by a variety of artists. Meet Vermont mystery writer Archer Mayer Aug. 26-27 at the West Hill House B&B in Warren. For more information, visit www.vermontartfest.com.
Island Arts Annual Craft Show
North Hero – Aug. 4-6, 2011
The annual crafts show, set in the heart of the Champlain Islands, includes jewelry, quilts, baskets, woodworking, art and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shore Acres Inn, 237 Shore Acres Drive. For more information, visit www.champlainislands.com.
Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival
Manchester – Aug. 5-7, 2011
For more than 30 years, this nationally-renowned craft show returns to Manchester. About 175 exhibitors will showcase their work, ranging from furniture and original paintings to socks and coffee mugs. Hildene Meadow, River Road. For more information, visit www.craftproducers.com.
Festival of Fools
Burlington – August 5-7, 2011
The Festival of Fools will feature the best street performers the world has to offer, in the heart of downtown Burlington. Audiences of all ages will feast their eyes on some of the zaniest comic performers in the world, as downtown Burlington becomes the epicenter for laughter and community engagement through the arts. For more information, visit www.burlingtoncityarts.com.
Mount Snow Triathlon
West Dover – Aug. 6, 2011
Women, men and teams are welcome to this beginner-friendly triathlon that features a quarter-mile lake swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run through Mount Snow. The event keeps the beginner to intermediate tri-athlete in mind. For more information, visit www.mountsnow.com.
Plymouth Old Home Days
Plymouth Notch – Aug. 6, 2011
Activities include wagon rides, chicken barbecue, sheep shearing, old time fiddling, traditional Vermont craft demonstrations and children’s activities. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Route 100A. For more information, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/coolidge.
Addison County Fair & Field Days
New Haven – Aug. 9-13, 2011
Vermont's largest agricultural fair is a family-oriented community tradition. The fair features tractor pulls, crafts, exhibits, live entertainment, pony and ox pulling, midway, parade, youth activities and a Vermont products dinner. 1790 Field Days Road. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.addisoncountyfielddays.com.
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Burlington – Aug. 11-14, 2011
The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival celebration promises exciting events and activities within a spectacular setting: Burlington’s Waterfront on the shores of Lake Champlain. The 25th Annual Boat Show on Aug. 14 is a featured event of The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Weekend. For more information, visit www.lcmfestival.com.
Antique and Classic Car Meet
Stowe – Aug. 12-14, 2011
The Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts, Inc. presents the Annual Antique and Classic Car Meet with vehicle judging, a vintage fashion show, flea market, car corral, historic vehicle parade through the village of Stowe, street dance and more. Nichols Field, Route 100. For more information, visit www.vtauto.org/carshows.php.
The Danville Fair
Danville – August 12-13, 2011
This old-fashioned country fair will start with a street dance on Friday night. Saturday will begin with the parade starting at 10 a.m. through town, and then followed by the Grand Horse Pulling as a major event drawing the best teams in the area. Other ongoing activities include carnival rides, games, fried food, home cooked food and more. For more information, visit www.danvillevt.com.
East Poultney Day
Poultney – Aug. 13, 2011
Celebrate the town’s heritage on the Green in East Poultney. Vendors offer crafts, antiques and collectibles, jewelry, pottery, maple syrup, jams, herbal soaps and more. The event also features demonstrations of beekeeping, rug hooking, spinning and weaving. Sponsored by the Poultney Historical Society. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Route 30. For more information, visit www.poultneyvt.com.
Taste of Woodstock: A Community Festival
Woodstock – Aug. 13, 2011
The event will feature of food, drink, live music, street performers, kids’ activities, dancing, tastings, shopping and more. There will be a classic car show and vendor booths throughout downtown. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.woodstockvt.com.
Orleans County Fair
Barton – Aug. 17-21, 2011
Experience an historic county fair now in its 143rd year. This old-time agricultural county fair will feature entertainment, horse shows, ox pulling, agricultural demonstrations, 4-H exhibits and contests, midway, antique tractor pull, horse shows and more. For more information, visit www.orleanscountyfair.net.
Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair
Wilmington – Aug. 18-21, 2011
Now in its 94th year, the Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day offers children’s activities, midway rides, truck and horse pulls, exhibits, pie eating contests, watermelon seed spitting contest, petting farm and more. Baker Field, Beaver Street. For more information, visit www.dvfair.com.
Caledonia County Fair
Lyndonville – Aug. 24-28, 2011
The fair includes country music, magic and balloon shows, food, games, ox pulling, horse show, demo derby, children’s activities, midway, antique tractor pull, maple, poultry and rabbit exhibits and more. Caledonia County Fairgrounds, Pinehurst Street. For more information, visit www.vtfair.com.
Bondville – Aug. 26-28, 2011
The Bondville Fair is the oldest, continuously running fair in Vermont, located at the fairgrounds on Route 30 in Bondville, across from the Stratton access road. Opens at noon on Friday. For more information, visit http://bondvillefair.org.
Champlain Valley Fair
Essex Junction – Aug. 27-Sept. 5, 2011
Celebrate “Summer’s Last Blast” with 10 days of rides, food, fun, concerts and shopping. Free entertainment, food, horse shows, midway, competitive exhibits and more. Enjoy musical performances and more. 10 Pearl St. For more information, visit www.cvexpo.org.
Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: July 21, 2011 15:31:46