Harvest Fest to celebrate farms, forests

SHELBURNE The 30th annual Harvest Festival will take place at Shelburne Farms Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a chance to celebrate autumnal abundance with family and friends, listen to marvelous music, enjoy delicious seasonal foods, visit the animals in the Childrens Farmyard, learn about Vermonts farm and forestry traditions and much, much more. An exciting new addition to this years festival will be the Green Mountain Power Energy Fair. The Green Mountain Power Energy Tent offers hands-on education and excitement, a chance to learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy sources such as solar power, geothermal heating, wood gasification, micro hydro, wind and more, and take a look at Vermont's energy future. There will be more than 24 exhibitors in the Energy Tent with interesting information for folks of all ages. The Solar Bus will be powering the bluegrass band, Steel Rail, as well as the displays in the tent. Vermont Voltage Soccer will be there measuring kicking power and. VEEP will have their pedal bike power display. The Courtyard of the historic Farm Barn and the surrounding fields are filled with excitement on Festival Day. Performers throughout the day include Jon Gailmor, Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys, Gary Dulabaum, Very Merry Theater, Will Dicker Boys, Australian Fiddlers, Pale Fire, Atlantic Crossing, Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder, Ed Larkin Old Time Dancers, Green Mountain Cloggers, Stephen Grotto, Joni and Gigi, Ben Bergstein Dancers, and Mary Ann Samuels and Susan Reit. Foods of the season include Shelburne Farms grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and salads, American Flatbreads baked in Shelburne Farms wood-fired oven, as well as Leonardos Gelatos, Shelburne Orchards apples, cider donuts, apple pie and cider, and maple cremees from Comeau Family Sugarhouse. And O Bread will be baking their delicious bread all day. Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) will be serving grilled vegetables cooked in their wood-fired oven. And for the sweet tooth, Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Clubs Vermont Hands to Honduras Tela and the Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club will sell baked goods. In line with Shelburne Farms commitment to sustainability, all the paper goods and plastic cutlery used during the day will be biodegradable. The Green Mountain Draft Horse Association will be offering horse-drawn hay rides, and under the childrens tent families will find lots of hands-on activities for children of all ages. The National Museum of the Morgan Horse, Ethan Allen Homestead, Birds of Vermont Museum, ECHO Center for Lake Champlain, Vermont Family Forests, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Bob Blairs Antique Tractors and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will have exhibits and there will be demonstrations by craftspeople, rug hookers, woodworkers, cheesemakers, gardeners, canoe restorers, spinners, weavers, furniture makers and many more. And the Slugger, a grass pellet maker developed by students at Burlington High School will be producing pellets for burning. Green Mountain Power is the presenting sponsor for the 2008 and support is also received from Vermont Tent and American Flatbread. Admission to the Harvest Festival is free to Shelburne Farms members. Admission for non-members is $6/adults; $4/children; children under three years of age are free. The event is held rain or shine. For information, please call 802-985-8686.

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