Rubber Duckie Race a local tradition

— Multiple venues around town feature everything from running races, 75 plus crafters and vendors, to antique vehicles.

The Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, is hosting Vergennes Day Aug. 27, 2011.

On the Friday evening before, the event kicks off with a street dance. Vergennes Day is a celebration of city and community and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast at the Vergennes Fire Station. The Little City 5K and 10K race and walk will start in front of the Vergennes Opera House. Join or cheer on several hundred runners as they race through the streets of Vergennes. Registration begins at the historic Steven’s House on the corner of Main and North Green streets.

The bandstand in City Park will be occupied throughout the day by several musical groups. City Park is also the site of crafter and vendor booths offering fine handcrafts, locally made products, food and more.

Children can participate in games and face painting by the Boys and Girls Club at KidZoneas well as enjoy rides, a bounce house, and more. Also for kids, the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and Safe Kids Addison County will be at Bixby Library to inspect and fit a limited supply of bike helmets.

During most Vergennes Day years, Vergennes Union High School is the site of the antique vehicle, tractor and engine show, with a “People’s Choice Award”. Go and see this nostalgic display and vote for your favorite.

The Vermont Army National Guard will be located at VUHS with an array of Army vehicles as well as a climbing wall and obstacle course to test your skills. Also at VUHS will be the Champlain Valley Flyers, flying radio-controlled airplanes.

Free horse-drawn wagon rides are available from Clay Country Farms and the Lions will be selling BBQ’d chicken in City Park.

The Rotary’s Rubber Duckie Race is a tradition at the Basin. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets at their booth in City Park.

Also, many of the area’s merchants will be offering sales and specials.

Vergennes Day is held with the support of many sponsors: American Legion Post 14, Everywear for Everybody, Foote’s Insurance Agency, Goodrich Corporation, National Bank of Middlebury and VHB Pioneer.

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