Celebrate Vermont’s little city this weekend: Celebration includes all-age festivities

LC Jazz will perform at the Vergennes City Park bandstand at 1pm Saturday Aug. 23.

LC Jazz will perform at the Vergennes City Park bandstand at 1pm Saturday Aug. 23.

Vergennes Day celebrates its 33rd year on Saturday, Aug. 23. The event official kicks off with a street dance in City Park featuring the music of “The Hitmen” on Friday evening, Aug. 22 from 7 to 10pm. Vergennes Day, hosted and sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and area businesses, is a celebration of city and community and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Activities on Saturday, Aug. 23 take place between 7am and 4pm 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 10:30am. At 9am 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 8am at the Stevens House on the corner of Main and N. Green Streets. More information and online registration is available at www.runvermont.org.
The bandstand in City Park will be occupied throughout the day by several musical groups starting withVergennes City Band at 10am; Simply Acoustic at 11:15am, LC Jazz at 1pm, and The Benoits at 2:45pm. City Park is also the site of more than 75 crafters’ and vendors’ booths offering fine handcrafts, locally made products, food, and more. The Lions will be selling barbequed chicken in City Park starting at 1pm.
For youngsters, the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and Safe Kids Addison County will be at the fire station from 11am to 2pm so kids can enjoy games and the ever-popular Bubble Pit. At 12:30pm Bixby Library will hold its “Booked for Bikes” drawing at the bandstand, which has been sponsored by the library and Vergennes Rotary.
Vergennes Union High School will host a car, tractor, truck and engine show. See this nostalgic display (between 10am and 4pm; awards at 3:30pm) and vote for your favorite. There is an entry fee of $10 per car and there are multiple classes in which to enter. Proceeds will benefit the Ferrisburgh Fire Department.
Otter Creek Basin will feature several activities during the day. From 10am to 3pm. Ferrisburgh’s Adirondack Guideboats will let you experience a ride in one of their beautiful boats. From 10am to 4pm. Lake Champlain International’s Let’s Go Fishing! program will provide hands-on aquatic resource education for people of all ages. You’ll be able to practice casting and fly tying. And at 3:30pm the Vergennes Rotary presents the beloved Rubber Duckie Race—tickets are available at the Rotary’s booth in City Park.
Comfort Hill Kennel will be offering dog performance demos at their facility located at 90 Comfort Hill Road from 10am to 2pm. Bring your dog with you and get his/her nails trimmed for free from 12 to 12:30pm.
The day concludes with the lighting of the Otter Creek Falls at approximately 9pm. The falls will be lit every night through Labor Day and can be viewed from MacDonough Drive or Mechanic Street.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.vergennesday.com. For more information call (802) 388-7951 or email sue@addisoncounty.com.