30th Annual Vergennes Day to Celebrate Vermont’s Little CityBy Sue Hoxie
Multiple venues around town feature everything from running races, crafters and vendors, to antique vehicles
Vergennes, Vermont – August 1, 2011 – Vergennes Day celebrates its 30th year on Saturday, August 27, 2011. On the Friday evening before, the event kicks off with a street dance featuring the music of “The Hitmen” from 7 to 11 p.m. Vergennes Day, hosted by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, 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 27 take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. 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. from Steven’s House on the corner of Main and N. Green Streets. More information and registration 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 a.m.; The Benoits at 11:15 a.m., The Galaxies/Take Two at 1:15 p.m., 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.
For youngsters the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and Safe Kids Addison County will be at Bixby Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to inspect and fit a limited supply of bike helmets. At the Vergennes Fire Department, kids will enjoy the ever-popular Bubble Pit!
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of an 1822 Class sailing/canal boat will be available for free tours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Falls Park.
Vergennes Union High School is the site of the antique vehicle, tractor and engine show. See this nostalgic display (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and vote for your favorite! VUHS will also host the Champlain Valley Flyers, flying radio-controlled airplanes which will run between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The Lions will be selling barbequed chicken in City Park. The Rotary’s Rubber Duckie Race at 3:30 p.m. 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: Addison County Eagles #3801, American Legion Post #14, Country Home Products, Inc., Gaines Insurance Agency, Inc., Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate, Merchants Bank, Nathaniel Group, National Bank of Middlebury, and Neat Repeats Resale Shop.