Fairs, Foliage and Fun

Fairs, Foliage and Fun

The heat of summer is behind us and the sun is setting earlier each night. Don’t fret though, there is still plenty of sunshine for you to get outside and soak up the remaining warm weather fun. Get in your final games of corn-hole and horseshoes, have your fill of BBQ on the lawn, and take those final dips in a local watering hole. Though, with fall right around the corner, locals are getting excited for the magical transition that brings us such beautiful natural colors. With autumn also usually comes classic fairs and festivals. Crisp, fresh air, will keep you comfortable as you eat, shop and experience the diverse offerings of Southern Vermont.

One of our area’s greatest resources, Merck Forest and Farmland Center, has a mission to inspire curiosity, love and responsibility for our natural and working lands. On September 21st, they will be hosting their Harvest Festival. The rolling hillside will be filled with food and games and lots to see.

Just one week later on September 28th, is the return of the ever-popular, Peru Fair. Artisans, vendors and talent galore line the quaint Main Street of Peru to display their offerings with many crowd favorites returning each year, as well as some newcomers looking to introduce themselves to the community.

Another very popular event happening in Manchester is the annual Barn Sale. Stop by the Northshire Civic Center at Hunter Park on September 21st and 22nd to find incredible deals on just about everything! From furniture and kitchen supplies to books and clothing, all proceeds benefit the United Counseling Service. The Barn Sale comes but once a year and is a do-not-miss.

As we move further into October, we are sure to see the colors of the Green Mountains become the multi-colored palette that draws tourists from across the globe. Surround yourself with the beauty of Southern Vermont at the Craftproducers, Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. Held in the valley at the Northshire Civic Center at Hunter Park, you’ll find artists galore displaying their work and selling their goods. From clothes, to food, to antiques, you can find it all.

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Stratton Mountain’s annual Harvest Fest will take place October 11 – 14th providing live music, hay rides, and some mountain top yoga, and don’t miss the Brewfest on the 12th.

Also over Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend, is the 5th annual Taste of Autumn on the Dorset Green. Hosted by the 3 Pears Gallery and The Dorset Union Store, enjoy fall desserts, hot cider, and some homemade BBQ pulled pork, all while sampling some free tastings of Vermont products and enjoying live music in the picturesque little village.

Begin your preparations for Halloween and have your jack-o-lantern designs ready because Equinox Valley Nursery hosts their Pumpkin Carving and Harvest Fest on October 19th benefiting the Dorset Equine Rescue. The celebration will feature local food, beer and wine for the adults along with a corn maze, wagon rides, mini horses and so many more great activities for the kids, including face painting and a bouncy house to keep them busy.

Join the Manchester, Vermont community in celebrating the magical changing of the seasons during this time that brings together the beauty of the landscape and the passion of the people.


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