City-wide celebration includes festivities that appeal to all ages
Vergennes Day kicks off its 38th year on Friday, August 23rd with a street dance in City Park featuring the music of “The Hitmen” from 7 to 10 p.m. The weekend’s activities, hosted and sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Vergennes and area businesses, is a celebration of city and community to be enjoyed by all ages. Full details of the event and a schedule of activities are available at VergennesDay.com.
Activities on Saturday, August 24th take place between 7 a.m. and 3:00 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. The bandstand in City Green will be occupied throughout the day by several musical groups:
• 10:00 a.m.: Vergennes City Band
• 11:15 a.m.: Mark LaVoie
• 12:00 p.m.: Pete Sutherland & Oliver Scanlon
• 1:30 p.m.: LC Jazz
The Little City Road Races start and finish at the Vergennes Elementary School, 43 School Street. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m; runners in the 15K depart at 8:30; the fun run (on school grounds) starts at 8:35 a.m. and the 5K and 10K distances start at 9 a.m. Spectators can cheer on several hundred runners and walkers as they race through the streets of Vergennes. More information and online registration is available at RunVermont.org.
From 10 a.m to 3 p.m. the City Park is also the site of more than 65 crafters’ and vendors’ booths offering fine handcrafts, locally made products, food and more. There will be free horse and wagon rides with pick up at the corner of School & Green Streets. Always a favorite, the Vergennes Lions Club will be selling their BBQ chicken; Half chicken: $12, Quarter chicken: $8.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids can enjoy games and the ever-popular bubble pit at the Vergennes Fire Department. From 10 a.m. until they’re gone KidsSafe Collaborative will be giving away bike helmets & doing free fittings at Bixby Library. At 1:00 p.m. Bixby Library will hold its “Booked for Bikes” drawing at the bandstand which is sponsored by the library and Vergennes Rotary Club. Entries are accepted until August 21st. Lastly, at 3:00 p.m. the Vergennes Rotary presents the beloved Rubber Duckie Race—tickets are available at the Rotary’s booth in City Green.
Also, several downtown merchants will be offering sales and specials, including Linda’s Apparel, The Waypost and Vermont Pure CBD.
For a full schedule of events, visit the event website at VergennesDay.com. For more information call 802-388-7951 or email email@example.com.
Vergennes Day wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of its sponsors: The City of Vergennes, Dorchester Lodge 1 F. & A. M., Feed Commodities, Jackman Fuels, Inc., The LandMark Group, LC Jazz, Restoration and Performance Motorcars, Small City Market, Vergennes City Band, Vermont Federal Credit Union and Vermont Gas Systems, Inc..
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business, non-profit organizations and tourism in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com.
Source: Vergennes, Vermont – August 13, 2019 – Addison County Chamber of Commerce