Pumpkin fests

33rd Townshend Pumpkin Festival

Townshend, on the Common


Oct 14

The Pumpkin Festival is a country fair with a craft show, plus pumpkin decorating contest, Halloween costume parade, best pumpkin pie contest, food vendors, and free pony rides for kids during Vermont’s foliage season. Buy your pumpkin pies whole or by the piece.

Manchester Pumpkin Festival

Equinox Valley Nursery, Manchester


Oct 14

This year’s festival includes such perennial favorites as wagon rides, crazy corn maze, bouncy house, kids’ crafts, pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, cider donut eating contest, and other fun-filled activities. Highlights of the day include the costume parade and contest at 1p and the Witches of the Northshire, who will gather for a photo around the bubbling cauldron at 1:30p. Come in costume to join the fun!

Grand opening, Newfane Railroad Station and the West River Railroad Museum


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Sat, Oct 14

Ribbon cutting at noon followed by unveiling of the West River Railroad historic marker. The afternoon will include guided (and self guided) tours of the old Depot Building and Water Tank House, along with telegraph demonstrations, music, and food. The Historical Society of Windham County has been restoring the 1880 Depot and Water Tank House for the past two years. The public is cordially invited.

Newfane Heritage Festival

Newfane, on the common


Oct 7-8, 10a-4p

Once again this Columbus Day weekend tents will blossom on the Newfane Common. Historic Newfane Village will host another Heritage Festival, celebrating community, crafts, food and entertainment. Visitors return year after year for this signature event in southeastern Vermont. Hundreds of people from all over New England and beyond will gather on the Newfane Common for a quintessential Vermont experience during the beautiful fall foliage season. More than 90 juried craftspeople will display their work in the tents set up in front of the Windham County Courthouse in the center of Newfane Village, a Registered National Historic Landmark. Amid the autumn leaves, people will display and sell quilts, ironwork, pottery, furniture, photographs, jewelry, clothing and specialty foods. Along the side of Union Hall, non-profit organizations will sponsor activities for children, such as bean bag tosses and face painting. Proceeds go to the Newfane Congregational Church, which is the festival’s sponsor and an integral part of the Newfane community.

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