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Festivals and Attractions in Vermont:

1. On New Year's Eve, downtown Burlington is the place to celebrate. For approximately $10 per person, less for kids, you get a keepsake button and spend the evening listening to live bands, dancing, puppet shows, face painting, and more. First Night was developed years ago to promote the New Year for not only adults, but for children. It is mostly alcohol free, although with the downtown bars, you can go drinking if that is your choice. Every style of music is played,blues, rock, country, bluegrass, classical. There are lots of activities for children as well, puppet shows, story telling, face painting and more.

2. In April head to St. Albans for The Annual Maple Fest. A celebration of the Maple Syrup Season. There is a small farmer's market, carnival rides, food vendors, and other attractions.

3. In June, do not miss the Annual Chew Chew Fest. A lot of the restaurants in the area participate, you buy small gold tokens and then walk from booth to booth sampling some of the best cuisine in the state. Choices range from Barbecue to Cajun to Greek to Indian and more. Expect to leave feeling very full.

4. The end of August brings the Champlain Valley Fair. Held the last week of August through Labor Day, there are plenty of carnival rides, vendors, food vendors, games, live concerts some free, the bigger stars require a ticket purchase. Expect to spend a full day.

5. During the last weekend of September, the town of Underhill holds its annual Harvest Market. This is my favorite yearly treat. There are pet shows for the kids, face painting, a huge flea market, used book sales, food vendors and fresh vegetables for sale. Bring a little money and end up with your arms full.

Of course, there are some great beaches and parks all along the shore of Lake Champlain. They are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Killkare State Park in St. Albans Bay is a wonderful place to have a picnic and swim in the lake. It sits on KillKare Point so a breeze is almost always blowing.