Newport Fall Festival
Autumn is a special time in the Northeast Kingdom, and what better way to celebrate turning of the leaves than with an old-fashioned festival. Downtown Newport's fall events are hosted in collaboration with several community organizations. including Parks & Recreation, the North Country Chamber of Commerce and several local vendors and organizations. The weekend includes an antique car parade, photo contest, scarecrow contest, farmers market, live entertainment and of course, a Chilifest contest that will warm your inner leaf peeper!
Parks & Recreation Fall Photo Contest
On Main Street, visitors will find a collection of Northeast Kingdom prints by local photographers capturing the splendor of the season. Ribbons are awarded annually in three creative categories including "Home Sweet Home," "Living Color," and "Vermont Made." As always, voting for the "People's Choice Award" is open from 10AM-2PM, so be sure to cast a vote for your favorite photo! The winner will be announced at 2:30PM. The deadline for 2019 submissions is Wednesday, September 25th. Contest Rules & Registration Form
14th Annual Chamber Chilifest
Vermont's North Country Chamber brings to the table the tastiest part of the Fall Festival...CHILIFEST! This fun, family-friendly event boasts great chili, live entertainment and something for all "tastes." Cooking chili is an art and with over a dozen competing businesses and individuals, visitors are sure to find something they like! Tasting begins at 12PM on Main street near the Emory Hebard State Building. Tasting "spoons" are $5 each with competition and voting closing at 2PM. Winners for the "People's Choice Award," and the best decorated booth will be awarded at 2:30PM! Contest Rules & Registration Form
Owners of classic and antique cars and trucks are invited to participate in the Automobile parade on Saturday, September 29th at noon. Vehicles will gather in Gardner Memorial Park and ride down the Causeway and Main Street to the Gateway Center. Prizes will be awarded at 2:30PM.
Parade Registration Form
Local residents and businesses are invited to participate in an area-wide Scarecrow Contest! The competition is open to all ages with prizes for the most traditional, most creative and most colorful creation. These whimsical scarecrows will be judged on Saturday, September 22 and will adorn Main Street through the Fall Foliage Festival on Saturday, September 28th. Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 19th. For more information, contact Louise Whipple at (802)487-4696. Contest Rules | Registration Form
The Newport Farmer's Market is located next to the band stand in Gardner Park and features a variety of fresh farm produce and products. On any given day, you can find a diverse collection of Vermont Made products including jams and jellies, American Girl doll clothes, natural soaps and lotions, caricatures, relishes, maple syrup and muchmore! The farm stand opens each May and runs 9AM-2PM, every Wednesday and Saturday.
Fly to Pie "Doin' the Dirt" Kingdom Marathon
September 29, 2019
Run bike or hike this full marathon on vista riddled dirt roads through "the gut" of the Northeast Kingdom during the height of fall foliage. Choose from 6, 13.5 and 17 mile options, all finishing at Parker Pie in West Glover with all the pizza you can eat, Hill Farmstead Beer on tap, and music by Beg, Steal or Borrow. Jay Peak Shuttle back to the start. Toughest and most beautiful road marathon you're ever going to run! The 10 km MAD DASH offers a less hilly, shorter route that is becoming increasingly popular. Proceeds support the Halo Foundation. For more information, visit Kingdom Games.
Age: All Ages
Date: September 28, 2019
Location: Main Street, Newport