Festival kicks off autumn in Chittenden County

HINESBURG -- The Hinesburg Fall Festival was held last weekend throughout the town of Hinesburg to commemorate the beginning of the fall season in South Chittenden County.

The festival, which kicked off on Friday, September 28 at the St. Judes Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m., was a celebration of fall and the richness of the local talents in and around Hinesburg. Experienced and inexperienced alike took their turns trying the traditional New England folk dance during which participants lined up in two separate lines facing each other and moved at the direction of a "caller."

"This is the second year of the festival and it's really focused around the celebration of local food and buying local food," said Susan Mead, director of Saturday's Harvest Dinner. "We had a farmer's market in the morning and the evening's dinner is all food cooked by local farmers."

The festival serves as a celebration to bring focus back to the community and to reunite the lives of those who had busy summers.

"I think it brings the community together," added Mead. "We all get so busy in the summer and go off in our separate directions, I think it's a great opportunity to bring everyone together and have a celebration."

"It was really well attended last year," said Mead. "We served nearly a 150 people for dinner and about 200 people tour the art exhibit and this year's was about the same."

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, residents from all of the South Chittenden County communities convened at the Hinesburg Town Hall for a variety of activities. Children were entertained with a puppet show and the Hall's main meeting room was transformed into an "Art Gallery," featuring the work of the many artists that live in Hinesburg.

A Farmer's Market was set up throughout the day giving locals the opportunity to purchase local produce and support their local economy.

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