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2019 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 2019 should be absolutely fantastic as rain was a bit lacking throughout the summer months. Some great Fall 2019 events are lined up right here…

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.

9/28/19 Newport Fall Festival 
Autumn is a special time in the Northeast Kingdom, and what better way to celebrate turning of the leaves than with an old-fashioned festival. Downtown Newport’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 weekend includes an antique car parade, photo contest, scarecrow contest, farmers market, live entertainment and of course, a Chilifest contest that will warm your inner leaf peeper!

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 2019 submissions is Wednesday, September 25th. Contest Rules & Registration Form

NBRC Bike Path Throwdown
September 28, 2019 – 9:00AM
Northern Border Running Club is hosting their 3rd Annual “Bike Path Throwdown” 10k & 1 mile races. This race is FREE. The 10k (6.2 miles) course will start and finish at the beginning of the bike path in Newport.  There will also be a 1 mile course marked off for the 12 and under walkers/runners.  Parking is available at North Country Hospital, and registration is open in-person from 8:00AM – 8:45AM the day of the race.  Please consider a race day donation, 50% of which will go towards the Newport City Playground & Splashpad Project.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/northernborderrc

14th 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! Contest Rules & Registration Form
Scarecrow Contest
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 21 and will adorn Main Street through the Fall Foliage Festival on Saturday, September 28th. Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 19th. For more information, contact Louise Whipple at (802)487-4696. Contest Rules & Registration Form

Farmers Market

The Newport Farmer’s Market is located next to the band stand 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.


Halloween Monster Bash
October 26, 2019 – 12:30-3:00PM at Main Street & Municipal Gym, Newport. Admission by donation.

Mummies and deadies, boos and ghouls! Creep over to Newport for tricks, treats, games and activities for the whole family! Each year, Newport Parks & Recreation and a group of local organizations combine powers to host an Annual Monster Bash party on the Saturday before Halloween.

Ghost Walk Parade and Costume Contest
Parents and children are invited to meet at the Great Pumpkin gazebo near Gardner Park at 12:30pm for a haunting parade along the bike path and Main Street. Kids participating in this ghoulish fashion show will be entered in the annual costume contest for a chance to win the cutest, creepiest or most creative in town! For a chance to be named for this year’s best, don’t forget to strut your stuff as you pass by the judge’s station in Pomerleau Park. Winners are announced at 2:00 PM in the Municipal Gym.

Trick-or-Treating & Wagon Rides
A group of Monster Merchants on Main Street are excited to haunt with all the ghosts, ghouls and goblins scaring about town for the Monster Bash! During event hours from 1:00-3:00 PM, visit any merchant with a “Trick-or-Treat” sign in the window for something sweet, a game or even a Halloween craft! Help support this event by donating to the Halloween Candy Drop.
Hay wagon rides pick-up periodically at the Municipal Building parking lot for free loops around the waterfront during the event.

Touch-a-Truck
Say hello to Newport firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel as they give an up close and personal look at the City’s big trucks and vehicles. Staff will be on hand to greet families and hand out treats in the Municipal parking lot during the Monster Bash from 1:00-3:00 PM

Trunk-or-Treat
Northeast Kingdom Car Club is based out of Newport and geared toward the younger generation of car enthusiast. Each year they organize local meets and race events at tracks all over New England. During Monster Bash, members gather to show off their cars with a festive Trunk-or-Treat event in the Municipal Building Parking lot.

Halloween Carnival
Following the Ghost Walk costume parade, join us in the Newport Municipal Gym for spooktacular games like Monster Match, Witch Pitch and Give Frank a Heart! Most activities are geared toward children age 3-10, but all are welcome to participate and fill their treat bag with fun prizes. Visit the picture booth for a memorable keepsake photo opportunity with our local photographer and keep an eyeball out hilarious family contests like the doughnut on a string competition or parent-child mummy challenge!

Haunted House
Hosted by North Country’s National Honor Society, this creepy venture is sure to spook some Halloween spirit into your bones! Chilling actors and creative set design transforms the Gardner Park skate shack into the most disturbing place in Newport. But beware… this amusement is not fit for children under 12 without the permission and supervision of an adult. Admission to the haunted house is by donation with proceeds benefiting the National Honor Society’s “Adopt-a-Family” program at Christmas time. ​​

Haunted Halls
For the younger crowd, check out the Haunted Hallways of CCV on the ground floor of the Emory Hebard State Building from 11:00-1:00 PM. Move from classroom to classroom and with a knock on the door, you’ll find a different surprise every time! Community College of Vermont is providing free snacks, candy and hot apple cider, coloring activities for the kids and plenty of boo-tiful jack-o-lanterns!

Annual Turkey Dinner
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Barton United Church, 15 Glover Rd, Barton, VT

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.

Soon, the landscape of northern Vermont will be tinged with spectacular fall colors to the delight of all ages.

country scene

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.

Craftsbury Common

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