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June Family Fun in Vermont

by Renee-Marie Smith

I’ve got big plans for this summer. I am NOT going to let summer slip by this year without going to some of the amazing events and places throughout the state! So, I thought I would share some information for these June events and places, to help others plan their trip to Vermont. I’ll be making future posts to let you know how everything went, so be sure to come back to the Blog for an update!

Strolling of the Heifers, 2018

Strolling of the Heifers, 2018

First up, is the Strolling of the Heifers in downtown Brattleboro, VT. I’ve wanted to go to this event since I first learned about it many years ago, but something always came up. This year, the event takes place June 7-9, 2019, with the parade on Saturday morning, and I am determined to make it! My 5 year old loves farm animals and seeing cows & horses out in the pastures of the many farms throughout Vermont, so I’m sure she’ll enjoy it – and what kid doesn’t like a parade.

The Phantom TollboothNext week, my daughter and I will go to the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT to see The Phantom Tollbooth. Her preschool class recently did a performance, inspired by the play, through the Weston Playhouse “Early Stages” program, but this will be her very first time seeing a professional theatre performance and I can’t wait to see her reactions as she watches the whole story unfold onstage. You can catch a performance of The Phantom Tollbooth at the Weston Playhouse’s Walker Farm stage, June 13-30, 2019.

Queechee Balloon FestivalNext on my June agenda, is the Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft, and Music Festival, in Quechee, VT. This event takes place over Father’s Day Weekend – June 14-16, 2019. I’ve seen the big balloons in the air while driving along I-91 sometimes, and I always wondered what it would be like to take a ride in a hot air balloon. Well, this year I’m going to at least visit those big balloons, and maybe I’ll be brave enough to go up in one too!

Vermont Renaissance FairThe following weekend, I’m hoping to take the whole family to the Vermont Renaissance Faire in Stowe, VT. My husband and I love “medieval” styles (we even had that as the theme for our wedding), so I’m sure we’ll enjoy ourselves. There should be jousting, food, shops, music, and a lot of people dressed in costume. The Faire takes place on June 22-23, 2019, is a family-friendly event for all ages, and kids under 6 get in FREE!

Well, that’s all that I have planned (so far) for the month of June. I’m also going to try doing the “Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge” that the Vermont State Parks Department does each year. You download a scoresheet, do a bunch of outdoor activities from the list & take pictures to prove you did them, then submit the scoresheet & pictures, and you win free entry to Vermont state parks for the rest of the year AND for all of next year – wish me luck!

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