2018 Fall Foliage Colors in the Northeast Kingdom
Usually, the autumn colors gracing the hills and valleys of the Northeast Kingdom are at their best after a long, dry summer. If that rule continues to apply, then 2018 should be absolutely fantastic as rain was a bit lacking throughout the summer months and the heat index was unusually high.
With the Orleans County Fair now a thing of the past, fall is knocking on the doors of the Northeast Kingdom. As of late August 2018 we’re already starting to see patches of color in the trees along the highways leading to and inside the Northeast Kingdom.
Newport, VT Area Events
Newport City’s fall events are hosted in collaboration with several community organizations, including Parks & Recreation, the North Country Chamber of Commerce and several local vendors and organizations. The weekends will include a craft fair, quilt show, photo contest, farmers market, duck regatta, author visits and book signings, live entertainment and of course, a Chilifest contest.
The following Events are courtesy of Newport Parks & Recreation.
See their website for rules, registrations and more info.
13th Annual Chamber Chilifest
Vermont’s North Country Chamber brings to the table the tastiest part of the Fall Festival…CHILIFEST! This fun, family-friendly event boasts great chili, live entertainment and something for all “tastes.” Cooking chili is an art and with over a dozen competing businesses and individuals, visitors are sure to find something they like! Tasting begins at 12PM on Main street near the Emory Hebard State Building. Tasting “spoons” are $5 each with competition and voting closing at 2PM. Winners for the “People’s Choice Award,” and the best-decorated booth will be awarded at 2:30PM.
Parks & Recreation Fall Photo Contest
On Main Street, visitors will find a collection of Northeast Kingdom prints by local photographers capturing the splendor of the season. Ribbons are awarded annually in three creative categories including “Home Sweet Home,” “Living Color,” and “Vermont Made.” As always, voting for the “People’s Choice Award” is open from 10AM-2PM, so be sure to cast a vote for your favorite photo! The winner will be announced at 2:30PM. The deadline for 2018 submissions is Wednesday, September 26th.
Owners of classic and antique cars and trucks are invited to participate in the Automobile parade on Saturday, September 29th at noon. Vehicles will gather in Gardner Memorial Park and ride down the Causeway and Main Street to the Gateway Center. Prizes will be awarded at 2:30PM.
Local residents and businesses are invited to participate in an area-wide Scarecrow Contest! The competition is open to all ages with prizes for the most traditional, most creative and most colorful creation. These whimsical scarecrows will be judged on Saturday, September 22 and will adorn Main Street through the Fall Foliage Festival on Saturday, September 29th. Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 19th. For more information, contact Louise Whipple at (802)487-4696. Contest Rules | Registration Form
The Newport Farmer’s Market is located next to the bandstand in Gardner Park and features a variety of fresh farm produce and products. On any given day, you can find a diverse collection of Vermont Made products including jams and jellies, American Girl doll clothes, natural soaps and lotions, caricatures, relishes, maple syrup and much more! The farm stand opens each May and runs 9AM-2PM, every Wednesday, and Saturday.
If you’re a swimming, biking and running enthusiast, be sure to check out the calendar of events at Kingdom Games. There will be several events in September as well as a Vampire Swim Derby in October.
If you’d like to get an idea of what you’ll see in regards to fall foliage colors, check out the video below, from 2017. We will be updating this page with 2018 photos and videos as soon as they are available.
Soon, the landscape of northern Vermont will be tinged with spectacular fall colors to the delight of all ages.
The Northeast Kingdom always offers up a few surprises and scenic wonders. A country drive through the farm land on Glover, Irasburg, Albany and Craftsbury always offers up a few surprises.