35th Annual Vergennes Day to Celebrate Vermont’s Little City

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35th Annual Vergennes Day to Celebrate Vermont’s Little City

By Sue Hoxie

City-wide celebration includes festivities that appeal to all ages

Vergennes, Vermont – August 12, 2016 – Vergennes Day celebrates its 35th year on Friday, August 26, 2016. On the Friday evening before, the event kicks off with Vergennes Arts Walk from 5 to 7 p.m. and a street dance in City Green featuring the music of “The Hitmen” from 7 to 10 p.m. Vergennes Day, hosted and sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and area businesses, is a celebration of city and community and can be enjoyed by all ages. Full details of the event and a schedule of activities are available at VergennesDay.com.

Activities on Saturday, August 27th take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and culminate at dusk with a lighting of the Otter Creek Falls. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Vergennes Fire Station from 7 to 10:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the Little City 5K and 10K races and walk will start in front of the Vergennes Opera House. Join or cheer on several hundred runners and walkers as they race through the streets of Vergennes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Stevens House on the corner of Main and N. Green Streets. More information and online registration is available at RunVermont.org.

The bandstand in City Green will be occupied throughout the day by several musical groups:

  • 10 a.m.: Vergennes City Band
  • 11:15 a.m.: St. Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont
  • 12 p.m.: Simply Acoustic
  • 1:30 p.m.: LC Jazz

City Green is also the site of more than 70 crafters’ and vendors’ booths offering fine handcrafts, locally made products, food and more. Vermont Fish & Wildlife will host its Let’s Go Fishing program—people of all ages can talk and learn about fishing, as well as practice knot tying and casting skills right in the park. There will be horse and wagon rides, face painting for kids. Always a favorite; the Vergennes Lions Club will be selling barbecued chicken starting at 12 p.m.

Bixby Library, 258 Main Street, is host to many activities during the day including a book sale, Safe Kids of Addison County will be providing and fitting a limited supply of bicycle helmets for kids, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will be showing a video about their STEAM Ship program, and the Vergennes Lions Club will demonstrate a vision screening camera. Creative Space Gallery, 214 Main Street, will have a painting demonstration with artist Sean Dye and hands-on art activities for kids.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids can enjoy games and the ever-popular bubble pit at the Vergennes Fire Department.  At 1 p.m. Bixby Library will hold its “Booked for Bikes” drawing at the bandstand which has been sponsored by the library and Vergennes Rotary Club. Entries are accepted until August 22nd. And at 3:30 p.m. the Vergennes Rotary presents the beloved Rubber Duckie Race—tickets are available at the Rotary’s booth in City Green.

Also, many downtown merchants will be offering sales and specials.

For a full schedule of events, visit the event website at VergennesDay.com. For more information call 802-388-7951 or email sue@addisoncounty.com.   

Vergennes Day wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of its sponsors: Addison County Eagles, City of Vergennes, Dorchester Lodge 1 F. & A. M., Gaines Insurance Agency, Jackman Fuels, J.W. & D.E. Ryan, National Bank of Middlebury, Neat Repeats, Vintage Fitness and Vermont Gas.

About Addison County Chamber of Commerce

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County.


Media Inquiries:

Sue Hoxie
Addison County Chamber of Commerce
93 Court Street
Middlebury VT  05753
p: 802-388-7951
e: sue@addisoncounty.com

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