The Barton Fair is over. If you live and work in the Northeast Kingdom, you know that fall foliage season has arrived.

As the days get shorter, the cool breezes of autumn start to trickle in and the nights become chilly as the sun goes down. The wonderful green trees that grace the hills and mountains start to take on scattered blotches of orange, a sign of the inevitable foliage season that is rapidly approaching. Colors seem to be getting a late start this year after a hotter than average summer.

Goodbye Summer, hello Fall!

For many people, fall in Vermont is the BEST time of year. Autumn foliage is eagerly anticipated as Mother Nature’s paintbrush adds exhilarating touches of color throughout each and every corner of the Northeast Kingdom. It’s a relaxing, fun time of year with lots of things to do and delicious foods to enjoy. Many of us wish autumn would last forever (except for the winter sports enthusiasts who are tuning up their skis and snowmobiles).

Things to do and see

Fly to Pie, Kingdom Marathon

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

There are four great routes, offering four very different options to all types of athletes, runners, bikers, and hikers of all ages and all abilities. A tough, “vista riddled,” and spectacularly beautiful full marathon that will challenge the best marathon runner. The 13.5 distance is also the course for the family bike challenge is perfect for kids and parents of all ages. The 17 mile Iconoclast for something just a little different. (It’s a great training run for the NYC Marathon) And, new in 2016, a 6 mile walk, run, or bike from Irasburg Common to Parker Pie.

Hosted by Kingdom Games, Lakeview Aviation and Parker Pie, West Glover.  20% of all fees will be donated to the Halo Foundation, financially helping Orleans County families dealing with cancer.

Prizes Include: 6 pack of Burke Ski Passes for 1st Place Male and Female Marathoners, Day Passes at Kingdom Trails and Beef Jerky, and Maple Syrup.  Special Trophy in the Team Challenge: Teams of 3 to 10 runners and bikers. We take the fastest three times in each division. The Big Pizza Pie Trophy goes to the winning teams. Starting places are Newport Airport and Irasburg Common.  Finish at Parker Pie, 161 County Rd, West Glover.
Location:  Newport Airport and Lakeview Aviation, 2628 Airport Rd, Newport, VT
Contact: Kingdom Games
Phone: 802-249-9100
Email: phw1948@gmail.com
Website: http://kingdomgames.co

The Great Pumpkin Run (3.14 km) & 3rd Annual Oktoberfest

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Chili Cook-off Contest & Pumpkin Pie, pumpkin craving/decorating. Purchase from JCRC (carving and decorating materials will be available), kids games, silent auction, vendors and pumpkin chuckin.

Run registration at JCRC day of event. Chili Cook-off entry forms are available on website below. Oktoberfest Celebration & Music at the Jay Village Inn – “The Neighbors Hate Us” 1pm-4pm. Runners and Contestants of ALL AGES are welcome! Vendor registration online.
Location:  Jay Community Recreational Centre, Cross Road, Jay, Vermont
Contact: Jay Community Recreational Centre
Email: jaycommunityrecreationalcentre@gmail.com
Website: www.jaycommunityrecreationalcentre.org

Winter is coming…

Love it or hate it, the days are getting shorter and winter is just around the corner. Activities such as skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter swims, and pond hockey tournaments are all coming sooner than you think! Make sure to book your stay with us ahead of time for the best possible accommodations.

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