• Fair, hay festival make Chamber’s Top 10 list
    STAFF REPORT | November 19,2012
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    Spectators cheer for Wayne Rosaire’s racing pigs on opening day at the Tunbridge World’s Fair in September. The fair earned a spot on the list of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 fall events for 2013.
    Some names are familiar, like the Burlington Jazz Festival and the Tunbridge World’s Fair, others not so much.

    Together, the events make up the just-released Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 fall and summer events for 2013.

    Vicky Tebbetts, the Chamber’s senior vice president in charge of tourism, said there is plenty of competition to make the Top 10 list.

    “It is really competitive,” Tebbetts said. “Usually we have between 30 to 40 applications per season.”

    She said the selections are made by a panel appointed by the Chamber.

    Most of the applications are submitted by the event organizers.

    Tebbetts said that in selecting the list the panel considers the type of event, dates and geographic region.

    “So in other words we want to have a good slate for people to choose from,” she said.

    For example, she said as far as dates go, the list would not include events that all took place on Labor Day or all events in a particular county.

    Tebbetts said also figuring into the selection are events that represent the “Vermont brand.”

    There are some events that are likely to make the list every year, including the Tunbridge World’s Fair or one of the events at the Billings Farm in Woodstock.

    The previously released Top 10 Winter Events for 2012-13 kicks off Friday with Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm.

    Two Rutland County events making the fall list are the Vermont State Fair and the Killington Hay Festival.

    Top 10 Summer 2013 events:

    47th Annual Vermont Maple Festival — St. Albans, April 26-28

    Burlington Discover Jazz Festival — Burlington, May 31-June 9

    Strolling of the Heifers — Brattleboro, June 7-9

    Central Vermont Cycling Tour — East Montpelier, Montpelier, Calais, Woodbury, Worcester, Middlesex, June 16

    Wanderlust Festival Vermont — Stratton Mountain, June 20-23

    35th annual Middlebury Summer Festival-on-the-Green — Middlebury, July 7-13

    Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival — Jacksonville, Whitingham, Wilmington, Dover, Wardsboro, July 26-Aug. 4

    Vermont Festival of the Arts — Mad River Valley, Aug. 1 through Labor Day weekend

    Summer Dog Party on Dog Mountain — St. Johnsbury, Aug. 4

    Lake Champlain Maritime Festival — Burlington, Aug. 16-18

    Top Ten Fall 2013 Events:

    Vermont State Fair — Rutland, Aug. 30–Sept. 8

    18th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival — Bennington, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1

    New World Festival at Chandler — Randolph, Sept. 1

    South End Art Hop — Burlington, Sept. 6-8

    Tunbridge World’s Fair — Tunbridge, Sept. 12-15

    Stowe Rotary’s Oktoberfest — Stowe, Sept. 27-29

    Weston Antiques Show — Weston, Oct. 4-5

    Harvest Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum — Woodstock, Oct. 12-13

    16th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest — West Dover, Oct. 12-13

    Killington Hay Festival — Killington, Labor Day–Columbus Day

    For more information, visit www.VisitVT.com.
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