28th Annual Vergennes Day to Celebrate Vermont’s Little CityBy Sue Hoxie
Multiple venues around town feature everything from running races, 75+ crafters and vendors, to antique vehicles
Vergennes, Vermont – August 12, 2009 – The Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, is hosting Vergennes Day on Saturday, August 29, 2009 in Vergennes. On the Friday evening before, the event kicks off with a street dance featuring the music of “The Hitmen” from 7 to 11 pm. Vergennes Day 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 www.vergennesday.com.
Activities on Saturday, August 29 take place between 7 am to 4 pm. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Vergennes Fire Station from 7 to 10:30 am. At 9 am the Little City 5K and 10K race and walk will start in front of the Vergennes Opera House. Join or cheer on several hundred runners as they race through the streets of Vergennes. Registration begins at 8 am from Steven’s House on the corner of Main and N. Green Streets. More information is available at www.runvermont.org.
The bandstand in City Park will be occupied throughout the day by several musical groups: Vergennes City Band at 10 am; Take Two at 1 pm and LC Jazz at 2:30 pm. City Park is also the site of more than 75 crafters’ and vendors’ booths offering fine handcrafts, locally made products, food and more.
From 10 am to 3 pm children can participate in games and face painting by the Boys & Girls Club at KidZone at Falls Park as well as enjoy rides, a bounce house, and more provided by Amyland Amusements. Also for kids, the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and Safe Kids Addison County will be at Bixby Library from 10 am to 2 pm to inspect and fit a limited supply of bike helmets.
Vergennes Union High School is the site of the antique vehicle, tractor and engine show, with a “People’s Choice Award”. Go and see this nostalgic display (between 10 am and 4 pm) and vote for your favorite! The Vermont Army National Guard will be located at VUHS with an array of Army vehicles as well as a climbing wall and obstacle course to test your skills. Also at VUHS will be the Champlain Valley Flyers, flying radio-controlled airplanes between 10 am and 12 pm.
Free horse-drawn wagon rides are available from 10 am to 4 pm from Clay Country Farms and beginning at 1 pm, the Lions will be selling BBQ’d chicken in City Park. The Rotary’s Rubber Duckie Race (3:30 pm) is a tradition at the Basin! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets at their booth in City Park.
Also, many of the area’s merchants will be offering sales and specials.
Vergennes Day is held with the support of many sponsors: American Legion Post 14, Everywear for Everybody, Foote’s Insurance Agency, Goodrich Corporation, National Bank of Middlebury and VHB Pioneer.
About Addison County Chamber of Commerce
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interest, working together to promote commercial business in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com.