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Middlebury to celebrate opening of new downtown bridge

The day ends with a wild fireworks display at 6:30. When the final blast explodes in the sky, the bridge will open to automobile traffic.

For more information, check the Town of Middlebury website, www.middlebury.govoffice.com .

CROSS STREET BRIDGE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

Schedule of Events

Friday, Oct. 29

Dusk - 10 p.m. Illumination of the bridge

A kaleidoscope of colors and searchlights kick off the celebration

Saturday, Oct. 30

10 a.m. FUN RUN

Kids run from the Town Green to the new bridge

When they reach the bridge, they receive commemorative hats

Noon - 4 p.m. Classic cars parked and displayed on Park Street

Provided by the Snake Mountain Cruisers

On the bridge from noon to 4 p.m.:

-- Local radio remote

-- USPS historic postmark

-- Local bakery special "Bridge Cake" display

Performing on the Bridge Bandstand:

Noon The Hibernators (Celtic, swing. bluegrass)

1:00 The Middlebury College Community Chorus

1:30 The Mischords (Middlebury College a cappella group)

2:00 Snake Mountain Bluegrass

3:00 Va-et-Vient (Franco-American trio and young dancers)

3:30 Riddim (Middlebury College hip hop dance group)

2:00-4:00 Spooktacular on the Town Green

4:00 "FIRST ACROSS": The Official Opening Ceremony

Parade of kids in Spooktacular costumes, historic vehicles, dignitaries

-- National Anthem sung by the Maiden Vermont chorus,

with the Color Guard from American Legion Post 27

-- Speeches

4:00-8:00 Food tent opens. Middlebury restaurants feature local food, ales and wine

4:30-6:30 STREET DANCE ON THE BRIDGE

Featuring Jer Coons and The Grift and a special salute to the music of Michael Jackson

6:30 Fireworks.

-- Best places to watch fireworks: Cross Street Bridge, parking lot behind library, Battell Bridge or just about anyplace downtown

After the fireworks, the Cross Street Bridge will be open to traffic.

Bridge illumination: dusk to 10 pm.

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