Celebrate Shelburne at Shelburne Day

A young community member enjoys the Shelburne Farms petting zoo at last year’s Shelburne Day.

A young community member enjoys the Shelburne Farms petting zoo at last year’s Shelburne Day.

The much-anticipated annual celebration of our community and its local businesses, Shelburne Day, will mark its ninth year this Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9-3 on the Parade Ground.

Sponsored by the Shelburne Business and Professional Association (SBPA), the event was designed to gather businesses and organizations in Shelburne for a festive day.  According to Tod Whitaker, president of the SBPA, “Shelburne Day is a chance for lots of Shelburne businesses, especially those that don’t have a store front or visible presence on the local scene, to come out and tell their neighbors who they are and what they do,” he said. “There is usually a good mix of health practitioners, insurance and finance professionals, and other folks.”

The event corresponds with the Saturday Farmers Market, which also is organized by the SBPA and will run from 9 am until 3 pm rain or shine. All Farmers Market participants will be present, selling local food and crafts.

Shelburne Day is very family-friendly event. There are plenty of activities for children, including a Shelburne Farms’ petting zoo, face painting, music, and more. The Charlotte/Shelburne Rotary Club will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob. Proceeds from sales will go to support Hands to Honduras-Tela. Adjacent to Town Hall, the Shelburne Police will be doing finger printing for the children and Shelburne’s Fire Department will highlight its Shelburne history this year.

There will be sidewalk sale bargains throughout the Village, and SCHIP’s Treasure Resale Shop across the street will have its annual tent sale.

And don’t forget to visit the Wind Ridge Publishing booth. A history of the Shelburne News will be featured along with local authors’ books on sale at a super 250 Celebration rate. Stop by and stroll down memory lane and share your favorite, funniest, most surprising, or little known Shelburne memory on our “laundry line of reminisces”! The top three memories will find themselves published in an upcoming issue of the Shelburne News.

Then mosey on over to Shelburne’s landmark Town Hall and stroll through the “Snapshots of Daily Life in Shelburne Past to Present” exhibit on display from 9 am-4 pm. Many Shelburne residents have contributed photos and shared nuggets of activities and events that exemplifies the community spirit that makes Shelburne a unique place to live. Bring a photo special to you — an activity or event, Shelburne High School, or grades 1-8 middle/community school picture — to contribute to the exhibit.

Shelburne Day is not only a great place to showcase the local businesses and organizations in the community, its fun for the entire family. Come celebrate.

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