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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vermont Fall Calendar of Events, Harvest Festivals, Craft Shows for October

Vermont and the fall season go hand-in-hand. Having the ideal location to showcase the splendor of colorful fall foliage and many picture-perfect little towns, Vermont is a wonderful fall destination to go sightseeing by car, get out and walk or hike in the quaint communities or on trails and mountains (weather permitting), and, generally, just take in the true feeling of what New England is all about. There's nothing like a warm day that eventually turns to a cooler crisp afternoon or night while getting to know the people, places and things in this laid-back, beautiful New England state. Add a classic town common, church with tall white steeple and a scenic winding country road surrounded by the spectacular Green Mountains and it all adds up to something that for your "greatest memories" books.

The Vermont Press Room recently produced a press release for events to enjoy in October, including fall harvest festivals (including apple and pumpkin themes) craft shows, and later in the month something special for Halloween.  Hope you can get to one of these special events!
Stowe Foliage Arts Festival   Stowe – October 8-10, 2010
This annual event is widely known as a festive marketplace. In addition to the juried fine art and craft exhibitors, the ambiance is fueled by diverse and delicious food fare, live entertainment, and an array of kids’ activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topnotch Field, Route 108. For more information, visit 
www.craftproducers.com.
Annual Vermont Apple Festival Craft Show Springfield – October 9, 2010
The Vermont Apple Festival & Craft Show is a celebration of the fall harvest, with more than 50 crafters, live entertainment, agriculture and activities for the whole family, and, of course, apples.  Enjoy bushels of red, juicy, ripe apples plus plump pumpkins, sweet cider and other delectable items. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Riverside Middle School, Route 11. For more information, visitwww.vtapplefestival.com.
Oktoberfest/Annual Harvest Art & Craft Show West Dover – October 9-10, 2010Enjoy Mount Snow’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, complete with authentic German music, German food and beer, fun games and activities for all ages. Inside the Main Base Lodge, artisans and crafters from across New England showcase fine watercolor paintings, woodwork, fleece, photography, fudge, salsa, kids’ crafts and more at the Harvest Art & Craft Show.  For more information, visit www.mountsnow.com.
Harvest Weekend   Woodstock – October 9-10, 2010
The Annual Harvest Weekend is a two-day event featuring a husking bee and barn dance each day plus a variety of 19th century harvest activities and programs for the entire family. Named a Top Ten Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Billings Farm & Museum, Route 12 and River Road. For more information, visit www.billingsfarm.org.
Art in the Park Fall Foliage Festival 
Rutland – October 9-10, 2010
Vermont’s oldest continuing arts tradition offers something for everyone with free children’s activities, musical entertainment, daily door prizes and grand prize drawings, food concessions, demonstrations, and high quality arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street Park, located at the junction of Routes 4 and 7. For more information, visit 
www.chaffeeartcenter.org. 
Newfane Heritage Festival
Newfane – October 9-10, 2010
This year’s 40th annual festival features more than 85 juried arts, crafts and specialty products, children’s activities, live music, food, homemade apple pies and apple crisp, a raffle and more.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Newfane Common, Route 30.  For more information, visit
http://newfaneheritagefestival.blogspot.com.
Annual Tractor Parade 
Charlotte – October 10, 2010
Enjoy antique and modern tractors make their way down Spear Street in East Charlotte. The event includes children’s games, hayrides, farmers’ market, food and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., parade starts at 1 p.m. Spear Street. For more information, visit
http://tractorparade.com.
Dummerston Apple Pie Festival
Dummerston – October 10, 2010
For more than 40 years, the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival has been held on the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend, the peak of colorful autumn foliage in southern Vermont. About 1,500 apple pies are made by many church members and friends, and people from all over the United States travel to Dummerston to take part in the festivities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit
www.dummerston.com.
19th Century Apple and Harvest Festival Strafford – October 10, 2010
Press cider in an antique press, taste heirloom apple varieties, meet John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), make a scarecrow, sample cider, play period games and more. Enjoy Vermont grown apples, apple treats and pumpkins from the garden and heirloom flower bulbs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Justin Morrill State Historic Site. For more information, visit 
www.historicvermont.org.
Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival 
Burlington – October 10, 2010
The annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival features local business leaders, students and others racing in giant hollowed-out gourds on Lake Champlain in a competition of size and speed. The event includes food vendors, activities and entertainment on the Burlington Waterfront. For details, visit 
www.vermont.org/pumpkin.
Pumpkin Carving Festival Manchester – October 16, 2010
Enjoy an afternoon of fun celebrating the fall harvest and pumpkin season. The event includes a corn maze, wagon rides, cider, donuts and a pumpkin carving competition. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Equinox Valley Nursery, Route 7A. For more information, visit
www.manchestervermont.net
Cabot Apple Pie Festival Cabot – October 16, 2010
This annual event will feature pie judging, music, crafts, pumpkin carving, children’s activities, silent auction, food and pies for sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cabot School Gym, Main Street and Common Road (Route 215). For details, visit
http://nek4u.net/cabothistory/ApplePie.html.
Gilfeather Turnip Festival
Wardsboro – October 23, 2010
The Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival celebrates the Gilfeather turnip, first propagated in Wardsboro in the early 1900s by John Gilfeather. The festival features live music, entertainment, Gilfeather turnip soup, turnip tastings, Gilfeather turnip cookbooks, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wardsboro Town Hall.  For more information, visit 
www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.
Haunted Forest                                                     
Williston – October 21-23, 28-30, 2010
The Haunted Forest features outdoor community theater set amidst the magic and enchantment of a dark forest. A pair of mysterious guides will lead guests through the Haunted Forest, and the flickering faces of more than 1,000 jack-o’lanterns light the dark trails.  Visitors encounter strange and hilarious characters in a variety of Halloween-theme scenes. For details and an event schedule, visit 
www.thehauntedforest.org.
Editor's note: we recommend calling ahead to your chosen destination first before setting out on the planned itinerary as operating hours of the given event and merchandise for sale can potentially change!

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