Fall Festivities

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Colors of the KingdomAROUND THE NEK - Fall in Vermont means apple cider donuts, sweaters, leaf peeping, and festivals galore. The Northeast Kingdom has gotten a start in all of these categories — especially the festivities. Saturday kicked off the Colors of the Kingdom Festival, which is one of Saint Johnsbury’s biggest attractions. The festival brings in both local residents and tourists who come to the area to see the parade, music, vendors, and more.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase what Saint Johnsbury is, where Saint Johnsbury’s going, and where it’s come from.” says Tara Holt, the director of the Saint. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. “The people that come down are the right mix of people, the activities that are here are the right mix, and the weather has historically been fantastic.”

The Colors of the Kingdom Festival is one of many festivals the Northeast Kingdom offers. All towns including Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, Groton, and Marshfield kick of the autumn season with their own festival, which they call “Fall Foliage Festivals.” The festivities take place over a span of one week, and take you to the small corners of Vermont and show you the essence of each town.

Saint Johnsbury separated themselves from the “Fall Foliage Festival” about six years ago, after partnering with a local museum who held their own event.

“We decided to partner with the Fairbanks museum with one of the events that they were doing at the time and just kept the date after they phased out of that” says Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce director, Darcie McCann, who also says that “We know other communities have autumn festivals as well and we don’t try to over power them or try to do them on the same days.”

The first town to begin the series of the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival will be East Burke this Saturday, with events starting at 10am.