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June 2015


June 6, Onion River Race and Ramble
It is not too soon to be thinking about summer. We are busy planning for the 2nd Annual Onion River Race. Last year's race, attracted over 50 racers (some serious, some not so much) who paddled from the Bolton Dam to Richmond. All were rewarded In Richmond with great food and music. This year there will be more classes for teams and individuals including 'community teams'. Teams, consisting of four people, can represent a business, school, nonprofit or government entity. Start getting your team together now! We encourage everyone who enjoys paddling (racing or leisurely) and wants to support the Friends of the Winooski River and our work to come on out. More details including how to register will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. If you to receive direct updates on the race, drop us an email at info@winooskiriver.org

June 6, Kid's Fishing Derby
8:00am to 1:00pm. The annual Kids Fishing Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 2015 from 8 AM until approx. 1 PM. This annual event will take place along the Macs Bend Rd from Louie’s Landing Parking lot down to the Macs Bend boat launch site, a distance of about 1 mile. Fishing will occur along the banks of the Missisquoi river. Numerous educational and informational venues will be operating near the Macs Bend Building while the fishing is on-going. These include fly casting, fly tying, spincasting, watershed models and demonstrations, Fish ID aquarium, lure making, and aquatic invasive species display. Children are encouraged to participate in these activities at some time while they are fishing.A light lunch will be served and a limited number of random drawing prizes will be given away at the end of the event. www.celebratethemissisquoi.com/?q=events

June 6, Celebration of National Trails Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historic Park, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091. An annual celebration of trails, local food, and healthy living with over 30 community partners. Join us for guided walks for all ages and abilities starting at 10:30 am and noon or grab a map and venture out on your own. Choose from four different hikes* and along the way sample delicious, local foods. Enjoy family games, arts and crafts, demonstrations, ice cream social, music, and more. Free. For more information visit: www.trektotaste.info

June 6, Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Designation Celebration
On Saturday, June 6, 2015 national, regional, state, and local officials will come together with local community members to celebrate the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as Vermont’s first rivers to be added to the prestigious national Wild and Scenic River network. The event coincides with National Trails Day, and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 15th Anniversary and will include over 25 exhibits highlighting the unique natural resources, cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of these Vermont rivers. The ceremony is a collaboration between the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Missisquoi River Basin Association, and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission of Vermont. Between 11:30-1:30 there will be live music, and complimentary Vermont food and beverages at the Abbey 6212 VT-105 Enosburg Falls, VT. For more information, please visit www.CelebrateTheMissisquoi.com  or contact Rob Center, Event Director, at Rob@NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org

June 6, West River Trail Run
This trail run is 11 miles from South Londonderry following the West River to Jamaica State Park. It's an amazing trail and encourage you outdoor enthusiasts to participate or spectate. There is an option for a relay team of 3 or single runners/walkers. All proceeds go to a local nonprofit implementing healthy activities for youth in the Southern Vermont communities. Londonderry Depot - Starting Point
34 West River Street , South Londonderry VT http://thecollaborative.us/westrivertrailrun/

June 6, 2015, Capital City Stampede 10K
7:30 am. Onion River Sports, 20 Langdon Street, Montpelier, VT. Onion River Sports hosts Vermont’s fastest certified 10K course as part of the Central Vermont Runners and Onion Rivers Sports Race Series. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Onion River Sports parking lot off Langdon Street. Contact: John Valentine, jvalentine@tds.net  or 802 485-3777.

June 6, Gunner Brook Fishing Derby
The Barre Fish & Game Club was established in 1919 by a group of forward-looking area outdoorsmen to promote and protect the recreational sports of hunting, shooting and fishing, and to further wildlife conservation practices. Barre Fish & Game Club, Inc. Averill & Gun Club Roads, P.O. Box 130, Barre, VT 05641 info@barrefishandgameclub.com  (802) 479-1266

June 6th,  Upper Valley Ride for Veterans
Registration is 8:30 - 9:45; ride leaves at 10 a.m. - East Thetford, VT.  Motorcycle event and ride to benefit disabled Veterans through the VA Hospital and Veterans in need through Rolling Thunder NH 2. Event is open to all makes of motorcycles, campers, and supporters of Veterans. Ride happens weather permitting but the event goes on RAIN or SHINE! Band, food, raffle and prizes under tent. Registration 8:30-9:45AM, ride 10:00AM VT Veterans Cemetery, 12:30-4:30PM food, beverages, band, raffles & prizes. Cost is $15/adult, $10/child under 16yrs. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/upper-valley-ride-for-veterans/

June 6, Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Designation Celebration. and Guided Paddle
On Saturday, June 6, 2015 national, regional, state, and local officials will come together with local community members to celebrate the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as Vermont’s first rivers to be added to the prestigious national Wild and Scenic River network. The event will include over 25 exhibits highlighting the unique natural resources, cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of these Vermont rivers. Live music, and complimentary Vermont food and beverages at the Abbey, Enosburg Falls, VT. From 2:30-4:30, join Northern Forest Canoe Trail co-founders, staff and volunteers, Northern Forest Explorers (ages 10 – 13) and representatives from the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission of Vermont for a 6 mile paddle on the upper Missisquoi from Richford’s Davis Park to the confluence of the Trout River in East Berkshire. http://www.celebratethemissisquoi.com/?q=events 

June 6,  Fight for Air Climb Bennington @ Bennington Battle Monument
@ 10:00 am. The Fight for Air Climb is a vertical race inside the historical Bennington Monument. The monument climb consists of 438 steps and ends with a steep spiral staircase that has 21 steps. The event is a timed event and climbers can register as an elite, running, or walking participant. Age category awards are given to males and females. Awards will also be given for fastest team, fastest fitness team, and largest team. Come to our practice climb on Sunday May 17th from 11 – 1 PM. www.lung.org/associations/charters/northeast/events/climb/bennington-monument-2015.html

June 6, 2015, Upper Missisquoi Wild & Scenic Rivers Celebration
The Abbey, Sheldon, VT. - The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers are Vermont’s first rivers to be added to the prestigious National Wild and Upper Missisquoi River Scenic Rivers System. Join the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and it's partners the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission for a commemorative event celebrating this designation. The day's events will highlight the unique natural resources, and the cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of these Vermont rivers. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Upper-Missisquoi-and-Trout-Rivers-Wild-and-Scenic-Celebration-137

June 6, Colchester Causeway 5K/15K @ Airport Park/Colchester Causeway
Choose to run either the 5K or 15K and enjoy the scenic Colchester Causeway. This race will begin at Airport Park, following a gravel trail out onto the historic Causeway, where runners will make their way to designated turn-around points on the Causeway before returning to the finish at Airport Park. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. This race will take place on flat gravel and dirt trails surrounded by diverse wetlands, scenic views and Lake Champlain. Proceeds will help maintain and improve the Colchester Causeway for future generations. Results, t-shirt & post-race refreshments included. *15k runners must be 12 years old or older. Register today…day of registration not available! Fee: $25.00 5k; $30.00 15k  http://colchestervt.gov/Recreation/CausewayRace.html

June 6 - 7, 2015, 29th Annual Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show
The premier Antique and Classic Car Show in Manchester & the Mountains, Vermont celebrates 29 years of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market in the northeast! All balloting for classes must be turned in on Saturday! No ballots will be accepted on Sunday. Awards will be given to first and second place winners, special awards and first place in the “best of” categories. Please stay to pick up your award. We have not raised our entry fees in five years and mailing awards is expensive! The Tailgate Competition will take place and be judged on Sunday as well as the judging for “Best of” the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. http://034f961.netsolhost.com/wordpress1/

June 6-7, 2015, June Horse Trials
Experience the thrill of cross-country jumping at GMHA's legendary facility! GMHA hosted its first Horse Trials in 1957, and has been a significant force in the sport ever since. GMHA is one of the top destination events in Area 1, boasting a newly renovated cross-country course and fantastic European Geo-Textile footing in all rings. Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. Dressage, the first phase, shows the ability to perform a series of prescribed movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. The second phase, cross-country, involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping obstacles along the way. In the final phase of show jumping, horse and rider jump a series of stadium fences in an enclosed arena. The sport evolved from a military contest to an Olympic competition. It is an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars. This year's Trials will follow the traditional two-day format (dressage and show jumping on Saturday, cross-country on Sunday) and will offer Beginner Novice through Preliminary Levels. 5491 SOUTH ROAD, SOUTH WOODSTOCK, VT www.gmhainc.org

June 6 & 7, 2015 , Tough Mudder New England
Probably the toughest event on the planet, Tough Mudder returns to Mount Snow for the fifth straight year. Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $6 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it's a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you'll unlock a true sense of accomplishment. Have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that's experienced all too rarely these days. Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Road, 05356 West Dover , VT. https://toughmudder.com/events/2015-new-england

June 7, 2015, Race to the top of Bradford
8:30 am. Chase Hollow Road Trailhead, Chase Hollow Road, Bradford. The Bradford Conservation Commission holds a series of races in the area of Wrights Mountain. The 3.5-mile run makes a challenging 850 foot ascent to the top of Wrights Mountain on beautiful trails of Bradford’s town-owned forest. Enjoy a quick view from Bradford’s highest point before you loop back to the starting area. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers as well as various age group winners. The 1.5-mile run is open to runners age 13 and under. www.bradfordconservation.org/race

June 7, 6th Annual GMAA Equinox 5K and 10K Trail Race @ Charlotte Trails
@ 9:30 am. Fun yet challenging trail run through fields, single track and old sugar-wood roads. Prizes for the top three runners male and female in each race. A random draw will include all participants. BBQ after the race! Bring your favorite side dish, dessert, salad or chip and dip to share. www.coolrunning.com/eventcal/event/6th-annual-gmaa-equinox-trail-5k-and-10k-race

June 7, 2015, Tour De Heifer
7:00 am, Lilac Ridge Farm, 264 Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers weekend includes the annual Tour De Heifer bike rides. All of the Tour de Heifer routes include substantial stretches of dirt roads. Use of mountain bikes, cross-bikes, or road bikes fitted with 28mm knobby tires is recommended. The distances this year are as follows: • Heifer Classic 60-plus mile Ride: • The 30-mile Green River Challenge: • The 15-mile Family Ride: • For walkers: 5-mile Road and Trail Stroll: Registration is available at http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/tour/

June 10, 2015, Tour De Kingdom
12:00 am, Kingdom Games in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom hosts four days of long distance rides through the the NEK and northern New Hampshire totaling 440 miles and 25,000 feet of vertical climb. www.tourdekingdom.org

June 10, 2015, Brattleboro Outing Club paddle to Nubanusit Lake and Spoonwood Pond
9:00 am. Hannaford’s Parking Lot, Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT. The Brattleboro Outing Club has paddles on Nubanusit Lake to a short ‘lift-over’ to enjoy a day of quiet water paddling, swimming and sunning on Spoonwood Pond. www.brattleborooutingclub.org

June 13, 2015, Smugglers’ Notch Trail Race Series
10:00 am. Smugglers’ Notch Cross Country Trails, 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Jeffersonville, VT. Explore the trails of Smugglers’ Notch with our 2nd annual Trail Race Series. The Series consists of 3 trail races in and around the Smugglers’ Notch cross-country trail network. Each race will feature a 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run (ages 7 & under), and all races are open to runners of all abilities. A completed sports waiver is required before the start of the Series. Race Series Dates: (Sign up online in advance or day of at the registration table) Kids Fun Run (ages 6 and under) Free. 4k or 8K Youth (Ages 7-15) $5. 4k or 8K Adult (16-49) $15. 4k or 8K 50+ (50 plus) $12. 2K (50+ August 9th race only) $12 (partnering with Vermont Senior Games) https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/June15race

June 13, Vermont’s Summer Free Fishing Day
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department would like to remind the public that Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is set to take place on Saturday, June 13 and will be highlighted by a free Family Fishing Festival in Grand Isle. Vermont’s landscape and diverse waterways support healthy populations of both warm and cold water fish, which provide for high quality angling opportunities and fun outdoor experiences.

June 13, 15th annual Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival
The “Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Free Fishing Day at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station located at 14 Bell Hill Road in Grand Isle. Designed for young anglers and families, this exciting event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in the hatchery pond. No prior fishing experience is needed and Vermont Fish & Wildlife will be supplying fishing rods, reels and bait for use by participants. Families have the option to pre-register online for the festival at http://tinyurl.com/fishingfest2015 or sign in on the day of the event. Anyone with questions about the festival can contact Kristi Roche at 802-372-3171. To learn more about fishing in Vermont, the Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival, or to purchase a fishing license, visit http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish.

June 13, 2015, Champ Ride
12:00 am, Oakledge Park, Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT. The Vermont Center for AIDS Resources, Education & Services hosts a series of rides 17, 32, 67 and 100 miles around Chittenden County . http://www.vtcares.org/

June 13 - 14, 2015, Vermont Days
Vermont Days are an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore Vermont places and activities for free! Vermont State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont History Museum will be open at no charge. Saturday is Free Fishing Day – the one day of the year that anyone with a fishing pole may fish Vermont waterways without a license. Vermont Days offer a variety of activities – from garden tours to learning how to build, and fly a kite! Note, several sites offer specific free times one day only, please be sure to check out the complete schedule. More Information: call 1-800-Vermont, or visit www.vermontdays.com

June 19 - 21, 2015, NEMBAFEST  Mountain Bike Festival 2015
Darling Hill, Lyndonville, Vermont. Join us for the annual 3-day festival held during the summer solstice in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, celebrating the culture of Mountain biking in New England. -Group rides, -Clinics, -Live Music, -Camping, -Bicycle Industry Expo, - Product demos, POWERED BY PEDROS. Partnered with NEMBA. sign up now for $99/adult and $49/youth for full info and pricing and to register for the best bike fest on the East. www.nemba.org/nembafest

June 19 - 21, 36th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival
Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be filled with hot air balloons ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, one of the longest running hot air balloon festivals in New England.
Don’t miss this exciting festival featuring over 20 hot air balloons, with five flights scheduled throughout the festival with additional tethered rides during the day. Enjoy continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities include train rides, a bounce house and more. And of course there will be festival food with local healthy options and a beer and wine garden, with more surprises on site! www.quecheeballoonfestival.com

June 20, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont. www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

June 20, Switchback Bike for the Lake
@ 6:45 am - 3:00 pm | $40-$60  o your part for clean water, get some great exercise, connect with friends, and experience some of Vermont’s most stunning scenery all at the same time this summer at our annual Switchback Bike for the Lake supported ride! We are featuring a centennial ride (100 miles), as well as shorter loops of 75, 50, and 25 miles through the beautiful Lake Champlain Islands, Franklin, and Chittenden counties. Funds raised from this event will support the work of Friends of Northern Lake Champlain on projects prevent nutrient pollution and ensure that we can still enjoy this natural treasure for many generations to come!  Or download the BikeRegistrationForm2015 and send it to: Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, P.O. Box 88, Swanton, VT 05488 www.northernlakechamplain.org/event/switchback-bike-for-the-lake

June 20-22, 2015, 34th LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby presented by Yamaha
Come Celebrate Family, Friends, and Fishing with LCI! https://www.mychamplain.net/FathersDayDerby

June 21 - 25, Annual Fly Fishing Summer Camp for Teens, ages 13 to 16.
Teens interested in learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level alongside some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers, are invited to apply. The 2015 camp is scheduled for Sunday June 21st through Thursday June 25th at Quimby Country Lodge & Cottages, in Averill, Vermont. Participants in the five-day/four-night comprehensive program will learn and practice casting, basic fly tying, knot craft, insect identification and imitation (entomology), fish identification and behavior (ichthyology) safe wading techniques, angling ethics and coldwater conservation. Campers will hone their skills on local lakes, ponds and streams, including the Connecticut River. For complete information about the TU Fly Fishing Camp, an application form, and many videos of the camp, go to www.vermonttroutcamp.com/about  or e-mail Kurt Budliger, camp director, at vermonttroutcamp@gmail.com , or call Kurt at 802-223-4022.

June 27, 2015, Killington, VT. - Long Trail Century Ride
Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a recreational century ride that starts and ends at Long Trail Brewery on Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. All participants who register will receive a lift ticket voucher to ski or ride Killington Resort during the 2015-2016 season! Two shorter rides of 60- and 20-miles allow participants to cycle through the towns of Killington, Pittsfield, Bethel, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, Bridgewater, and Plymouth, Vermont. Quaint villages, the scenery of Route 100 and U.S. Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, the seventh of its kind recently designated by the Vermont Transportation Board, are incorporated into the routes. www.longtrailcenturyride.com

June 27, Missisquoi Paddle & Pedal Race
Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Paddle and pedal with friends and family in northern Vermont! The Missisquoi Paddle & Pedal Race celebrates recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail between Richford and East Berkshire, VT. The race combines 6.5 miles of flatwater paddling along the Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling back on an adjacent rail trail. This is a family friendly event for all ages! The event coincides with the Richford River Festival. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Paddle-&-Pedal-Race-135

June 27, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Free • Please pre-register. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

June 27, 2015, 4th Annual Race 4 Sundaes
1 Mile Fun Walk/Run, 5K and 10K Races. Parking is available at the Huntington Rec Fields or the Brewster Pierce School. http://huntingtonrace4sundaes.weebly.com/ 

June 27th, Piece Ride for to Benefit Autism Support Daily
Registration is at 9:30; Ride leaves at 10:30. The Piece Ride to benefit Autism Support Daily is Saturday, June 27,2015. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Roadside Motorsports in Williston. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at approx.1 p.m. at Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern, where there will be a BBQ and prizes. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Vermont Chapter of Autism Support Daily. Autism Support Daily provides guidance, financial assistance and education to autistic individuals and families with autistic children. They also provide assistance to professionals working with Autism Spectrum Disorders. For more information about Autism Support Daily, see their web site. Please bring cash or check for the $25 per person fee for the ride. The fee includes BBQ, T-Shirt and door prize tickets. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/piece-ride-for-autism/

June 27, Milton Freedom 5K @ Milton Recreational Park
@ 6:00 pm. In our 13th year, the Milton Freedom 5K is a growing race guaranteed to provide a fun and laid-back experience. The course is very flat – a great place for newcomers and veterans alike to set a personal record! Best of all, ice cream will be served and prizes raffled off after the race! http://miltonfreedom5k.weebly.com/

June 27, Paddle and Pedal Race
9:30am to 1:00pm. The “Pedal and Paddle Race” is designed to celebrate recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. Scheduled for Saturday June, 27th, this "Fun Race" will combine 6.5 miles of paddling along the Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling along the rail trail (See map). Held as part of Richford River Festival, the race is a family friendly event. Following the paddle there will be a lunch, music, a featured presentation, and educational activities for adults and kids alike. Join us! Cost: 15 Learn more: http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Pa...

June 27-28, 2015 Ditch Pickle Classic "Catch-Photo-Release" Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain!
The 2015 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 27-28th on beautiful Lake Champlain. The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. Each team will have 2 anglers and if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $80. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason. Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team. Don't be scared off if you don't have a boat! If you have a strong desire to fish in the DPC but have any apprehension what-so-ever, please send us an email to DitchPickleClassic@gmail.com  or call 802-644-2214 and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen for you! The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can get you set up! www.dpcvt.com

June 27-28, 2015, Abenaki Heritage Weekend
This special weekend gives visitors an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of the Elnu and Missisquoi Abenaki tribes, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation. The Native people at this event are experts in the living indigenous arts and traditions which they come together to share with one another and with visitors. They have inherited, researched, reconstructed, or apprenticed to learn the techniques with which they create outstanding beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking and other items for personal use or for sale. Tribal members will also share songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation, and other life skills. www.lcmm.org/museum_info/native-american-encampment.html

June 28th, Ruff Ride
New Haven, VT. - Cyclewise in New Haven is hosting the Annual Ruff Ride, Sunday June 28th. Registration and a continental breakfast is 8:30 a.m. to 9:15, followed by a ride, BBQ lunch, prizes and fun and games at Cyclewise. The Ruff Ride benefits the animals of Homeward Bound, the Addison County Humane Society. Riders can choose from two different rides, each geared to a different riding style. Both rides are approximately 100 miles in length and feature a mid-ride break. Cyclewise Ruff Ride 2012 lunch Riders enjoying the BBQ lunch at the Ruff Ride. The rides end at Cyclewise, where there will be a BBQ lunch under a tent, games and a few surprises! The entrance fee is $25 per rider and $15 for a passenger. The registration fee includes the BBQ, a t-shirt and all of the fun. Riders can raise money for Homeward Bound through sponsorships. Riders can preregister and setup a fundraising page at https://www.firstgiving.com/homewardboundanimals/ruff-ride-2015

 

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July 2015


July 10-12, 2015,
Summer Hunter/Jumper Show
Summer Hunter Jumper Show features competition in hunters, jumpers, and equitation in three rings for three days of fun in Vermont's Green Mountains. Hunter/Jumper shows are exciting events that test the horse and rider's ability to navigate a set course at different heights that can range from 12" to over 4'. Hunter classes are judged on the horse's jumping ability and style, manners, and way of going. Winners of Jumper classes are chosen based on who jumped the course with the least amount of faults and in the quickest time. Want to learn more about Hunter/Jumper shows? Volunteer this season at GMHA! For more information on our Hunter/Jumper shows, please email hunter_jumper@gmhainc.org  www.gmhainc.org/hunter-jumper

July 10-12, 2015, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
More than 25 hot-air balloons will soar through the sky above Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa during Stoweflake’s 29th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 10-12, 2015. One of Vermont’s most popular summer celebrations, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa will once again host the spectacular three-day event. Admission: $10 (Kids under 12 are free) http://stoweballoonfestival.com/

July 11, Bennington Bike Night - 2nd Annual BIMC Bike Night
4-8pm. Bennington, VT - The Bennington International Motorcycle Club presents the 2nd Annual BIMC Bennington Bike Night, Saturday, July 11th, 2014 from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. on School Street in Bennington. There will be a bike show, raffles, bikes for sale, vendors. food and music. The event is free and all bikes are welcome. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/bennington-bike-night/

July 11, 2015, Dirty Girl Mud Run
The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile(ish) obstacle course run for women, and women ONLY! If you’re an uber cross fitter looking to make your weekend more challenging, Dirty Girl Mud Run has a place for you. If this is your first time running an organized obstacle run or 5k, YOU WILL GET TO THE FINISH LINE! Over 900,000 women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and athletic backgrounds have completed this incredibly fun obstacle course since it’s debut in 2011. Some run to challenge themselves, some make it a girls weekend with a group tailgate before the run (cough…Wisconsin…cough). Most run in memory of a loved one who lost their battle with breast cancer, or OUR HERO’S – Those who have looked cancer in the eye, kicked it’s ass and are celebrating their health at our start line. The Dirty Girl Mud Run is for every lady out there. http://godirtygirl.com/killington-vt/ 

July 12, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

July 12, ANNUAL BUTTERFLY AND BUG WALK
10am- 12pm, Explore our meadows, lawns, and forests with Vermont Entomological Society naturalists and entomologists! Bring binoculars, magnifying glass, and an insect net if you have one. Pack a lunch if you would like to picnic after the walk. If it is raining on the day of the walk, please call the Museum (802 434-2167) to see if we have rescheduled. Free! (Donations welcome) Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

July 12, 2015, Mad Marathon
This scenic course sends runners along beautiful country roads in the Mad River Valley, through covered bridges, past farms and over streams. Participants can run a relay or a half or whole marathon. The marathon course is certified and sanctioned by the US Track & Field. Walkers are more than welcome for the Mad Half and there is a new category for Mad Half Walkers. Location: Mad River Valley. Website: http://www.madmarathon.com/

July 12 , The Stowe 8-Miler/5K Run
The 8th Annual 8-Miler summer run in Stowe continues a New England tradition. This run will mark the eighth year of the existence of the 8-Miler, and the excitement involved with all runners continues to grow with each passing year, especially with the addition of the 5K race. The popularity of this race is such that not only people from Vermont but also other parts of New England and Canada take part as well. Camaraderie among the participants helps make this a truly enjoyable event. http://blog.greenmountaininn.com/my-blog/2015/06/the-stowe-8-miler5k-run-set-for-july-12.html

July 17, Racknreel Bowfishing Tournament
July 16 starting at 8:00 barbecue starts at 1 o'clock with prizes nine fish Combine between three carp three gar and three Bowfin hundred percent payout first through third and payout for big fish four-man team or women for $60 big Fishpot $20 get ready it will be a blast!!!!!! Stop fishing time is 11 AM Sunday the 19th have to be at racknreel at 1 o'clock or you will be disqualified you can sign up at Racknreel if you have any questions to please message me or John Kipp thank you it should be a blast. www.facebook.com/events/1548551255425129/

July 17 - 18, Crossroads Motorcycle Rally 2015
Waterbury VT - The Crossroads Motorcycle Rally in Waterbury, VT is a true biker rally, run for fun, while giving back to the local community. This year’s rally is July 17 th and 18th and promises to continue their tradition of good music in a friendly atmosphere. http://crossroadsmotorcyclerally.com/schedule.html

July 17 -19, 2015 - Rack'N'Reel Bow Fishing Tournament
Start fishing time 8.30 pm July 17 $60 for up to a four man team $20 for individual big fish Will be individual payout for the biggest carp The biggest gar and the biggest bowfin and the four-man team will be a combination of three bowfin three carp and three gar The barbecue Way in Will be at 1 o'clock the 19th make sure you're at the shop by 1 o'clock Sharp we will have a sign-up sheet at the shop in New Haven until Friday the 17th at 6 PM if you have any questions let us know it will be a blast. www.facebook.com/events/461089757389401/ 

July 18, 2015, Missisquoi Family Paddle Day
9:00am to 1:00pm. This event is FREE.  Location: Mac's Bend, Rt 78 Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Join us for a Family Paddling Day focused the basics of safely paddling and paddling safety. We will spend some time paddling the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The event is FREE and lunch is provided. Sponsored by Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the US Fish & Wildlife Service-Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Family-Paddle-Day-141

July 18, Goshen Gallop 2015
at 4:00pm, A 10km race, often called the "toughest 10km in New England". 4 pm. In its 37th year, the Goshen Gallop course still takes the runner on those same gravel roads and cross country trails through the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest with fabulous views from the South end of Hogback – rated as one of the best view in Vermont. Race entry includes Tshirt, meal and endless pond dips. There is also a 5km option! https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=32259

July 18 - 19, Hunter Education Instructor Training Course
STAMFORD, Vt. -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont. The course will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stamford Fish & Game Club in Stamford, Vt. Policies and procedures, field techniques, and teaching methods will all be covered in order to give instructors the tools to teach future Vermont hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience. All applicants who pass the final written exam are required to pass a background check with a warden and shadow a Chief Instructor before they can teach on their own. Upon completion, they will then receive their full state of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor certification. “Our hunter education instructors are all volunteers, donating their time to pass on a cherished Vermont tradition,” said Saunders. “The hours our instructors put in will leverage federal dollars that allow the hunter education program to function.” Those planning to attend should RSVP by email to Nicole Corrao at Nicole.Corrao@state.vt.us  or call 802-828-1193.

July 18 and 19, 2015, 11th Annual Sheep Dog Trial & Farm Festival
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Merck Forest and Farmland Center's annual Sheep Dog Trial and Farm Festival falls in the early summer this year. Join us for this two-day event: watch the Northeast Border Collie Association in action at the Sheep Dog Trials, and take part in the Farm Festival's activities. Tickets are sold at the door: $5/adult, $3/child ages 4 - 12, and under age 4 are free. http://merckforest.org/sheepdog_trials.php

July 19, 2015 Cystic Fibrosis 9th Annual Champs Challenge
This years Champs Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis will be held at Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vermont on July 19th. The event, which consists of an 8 or 40-mile bike ride will start at the club and take participants on a scenic tour of Addison County finishing at the Basin Harbor waterfront dock with a BBQ luncheon and raffle. New last year is the addition of a 5k Walk/Run! Both rides are fully supported with SAG vehicles, and are on moderate - easy terrain with little car traffic. Riders are required to wear helmets, and encouraged to bring a water bottle (available at registration). Funds raised from this event will support the CFLF Recreation Grants program aimed at offering people with CF direct support to improve their health and self-confidence through physical activity. www.bikeride.com/events/13222-2015-cystic-fibrosis-9th-annual-champs-challenge

July 25, 2015, 12th Annual Onion River Century Ride
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Onion River Sports in Montpelier, Vermont have teamed up to present the 12th Annual Onion River Century Ride on Saturday, July 25, 2014. Voted the Best Century Ride in Vermont by Vermont Sports readers, the Onion River Century Ride follows some of the most scenic roads in Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom to create a quintessential Vermont riding experience for a great cause. This full-day tour consists of three choices in routes all beginning and ending in Montpelier, Vermont; a 40-mile out-and-back ride on Route 12 from Montpelier to Elmore; a 110k (68 mile) Metric Century following routes 14, 15 and 12 in East Montpelier, Hardwick and Elmore, and the full 111-mile Century Ride featuring the scenic rural roads of Hardwick, Barton, Wolcott and Elmore, Vermont. The 110k and 111 mile rides leave with a police escort through historic downtown Montpelier. Each ride is supported with food stops full of delicious, local food and homemade baked goods, mechanical support and a celebratory BBQ at the finish. Register at Onion River Sports or at www.onionriver.com/events/onion-river-century-ride.  Donate directly to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at www.kellogghubbard.org.  Contact Tristan Von Duntz at Onion River Sports at 802-229-9409 or events@onionriver.com
or Rachel Senechal at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802-223-3338 or rysenechal@kellogghubbard.org

July 25, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Free • Please pre-register. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

July 25th, 2015, Kingdom Swim
New England Masters’ 1, 3, and 6 Mile Championships, Third Annual WOWSA 10 Mile World Championship, Second Annual Border Buster 15 mile swim, 15 miles,10 miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 1 mile, 1/4 mile, 100 yard. Kingdom Swim is a true celebration of open water swimming held on Lake Memphremagog in the heart of the summer in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are proud to host the 2015 WOWSA World 10 Mile Open Water Championship in a world class venue with world class accommodations. In addition to the World Championship, Kingdom Swim is a competitive and recreational swim for all open water skill levels, young and old alike, now offering distances of 15 miles,10 miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 1 mile, 1/4 mile and 100 yards. With three divisions, Skins, Wet Suit, Assisted.  Hosted by Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and Kingdom Games, Inc. - Sanctioned by USMS, WOWSA and NEKOWSA www.kingdomswim.org

July 31st - August 2, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB), in conjunction with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, bring you the 8th Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival. The Festival is Vermont’s premier mountain biking event, bringing riders together to enjoy Vermont’s finest trails as well as industry manufacturers and retailers with booths and demo products. Proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit projects at the Ascutney Trails in Windsor and Brownsville, Vermont and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=31

 

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August 2015


July 31st - August 2, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB), in conjunction with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, bring you the 8th Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival. The Festival is Vermont’s premier mountain biking event, bringing riders together to enjoy Vermont’s finest trails as well as industry manufacturers and retailers with booths and demo products. Proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit projects at the Ascutney Trails in Windsor and Brownsville, Vermont and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=31

August 1,Vermont Turkey Brood Survey
Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a little help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August. Fish & Wildlife is again asking the public for help. If you see a group of young turkeys in Vermont during August, the department wants you to go to the turkey brood survey on its website: www.vermontfishandwildlife.com   where you can record where and when you observed the number of adult and young turkeys, or poults.

August 1, 2015, The Outdoor Gear Exchange Bitter Pill Adventure Race
Location: Richmond, VT. Looking for a dose of Adventure? We've got your prescription: The Bitter Pill! The Green Mountain Adventure Racing Association wants to show you what Vermont outdoors is really all about. Challenge yourself to trek, swim, paddle, mtn bike, and navigate through one of the toughest, muddiest 12-hour races anywhere. (And get yourself an entry to USARA Nationals if you win.) As always, we'll be holding a navigation clinic at registration the night before and don't forget our famous post-race party: food, drink, massages, and prizes prizes prizes! Teams of 2 or 3, coed or single-sex. $248 for 2, $339 for 3. GMARA membership is included! Price increases June 8th, so register soon! Visit http://www.gmara.org/bitter  for full details. Contact Person: Shawn Freebern, info@gmara.org , (802) 734-8514.

August 1 - Craftsbury Academy 5k
8:30am. The Craftsbury Academy Class of 2016 is hosting a 5k run, 8:30am, Saturday, August 1. Race starts on the Common. Registration opens at 7:45, Kids race at 8:15. Cost is $12 preregistered, $15 DOR. Preregistration and more information www.ca2016.org.

August 1, 2015, R&L Archery at The Whistling Arrow Archery Club, Crossbow Demo Day
On August 1st from 10-4 come join the staff of R&L Archery at The Whistling Arrow Archery club for an opportunity to check out and shoot all of the latest technology that the crossbow market has to offer. Factory representatives will be on hand from Ten point, Horton, Stryker, Parker & Wicked RIDGE. This event will be open & free to the public. So if you are interested in trying out a crossbow or have questions about the upcoming changes to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife regulations regarding crossbows, Come and see the staff at R&L Archery. For more information call 800-269-9151 www.randlarchery.com

August 1, Third Annual Vermont Veterans Ride
Registration is 9-10:45; Ride begins at 11 a.m. St. Albans, VT - The 3rd Annual Vermont Veterans Ride is Saturday, August 1st. Registration is 9 a.m. to 10:45 at the American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 in St. Albans.The 100 mile escorted ride begins at 11 a.m. sharp. Jamie Lee Thurston, along with other musical guests, will perform a live show after the ride beginning at 2 p.m. There will also be a cash bar and grill. The cost of the event is $30 for a rider and passenger and includes two tickets to the concert. The concert is also open to the general public for $15 per person. All proceeds from the event benefit PTSD/TBI Awareness, the Josh Pollotta Fund and Vermont Veterans. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/the-vermont-veterans-ride/

August 2, 2015, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is all about community. It’s hundreds of dedicated Vermonters joining together for an unforgettable day of fitness, fun, and fundraising. Our community teams are made up of local businesses, non-profits, service groups, neighbors, and families who know that together we can make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors with cancer. www.ridethedragon.org/festivals/festival-day.aspx

August 2, Vermont Mounted Shooting State Championship
Green Mountain Gunners at West River Stables, Brookline, VT. Join us in the beautiful mountains of Vermont at West River Stables in Brookline for the first CSA State match in Vermont, sponsored by Ruger. Co-hosted with Green Mountain Gunners and CT Renegades. 6 Stages, with shotgun & rifle classes See the CT Renegades website at www.CTRenegades.com  for additional details and entry form. www.cowboymountedshooters.com/Green-Mountain-Gunners.aspx

Aug 6, 2015, Umiak Outfitters VTPB SUP Race Challenge – North Beach, BTV
6:00 pm at North Beach Park, Institute Rd, Burlington, VT. Test your speed at Umiak’s stand up paddle board race night for your chance to win weekly prizes. Paddle against the clock and your peers in this SUP race for all ages and ability levels. Bring your board or rent one. www.umiak.com/#!sup-race/c14dh

August 8, 2015, The 29th Annual UMV Toy Run
The 2015 United Motorcyclists of Vermont Toy Run is Saturday August 8th.The annual Toy Run is the largest charity motorcycle ride in the State of Vermont, attracting hundreds of riders from around New England in support of the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Staging for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Blue Cross parking lot in Berlin. The police escorted ride leaves noon and rides to the State House in Montpelier. Bring cash, checks or a new unwrapped toy. Stuffed animals, which are traditional for the Toy Run, cannot be used by children in the Shriners burn centers. Please consider bringing other types of toys or donating money. There will be satellite starting points around the state for riders to join with others in riding to the Berlin staging area. The locations and times for satellite starting points will be post when they are known, later this summer. The Shriner's Hospitals provide quality medical care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs in a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. http://unitedmotorcyclists.org/wp/

Aug 8, 2015, Kingdom Run
8:30 am, Irasburg Common, Park Avenue, Irasburg, Vermont. Kingdom Run (half marathon, 10K & 5K) combines a competitive athletic event with the old-fashioned hospitality and charm of a small town in rural Vermont. Kingdom Run is an out-and-back race on scenic dirt roads in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. 5K & 10K walkers are welcome. A complimentary munchies buffet is topped off with blueberry sundaes. Prizes for winners in six age categories. Registration opens at 7:15AM on Irasburg Common. 8:30AM: half marathon runners and all walkers start. 9:00AM: 5K & 10K runners start. For more information and to pre-register on-line go to www.kingdomrun.org

Aug 9, 2015, Stowe Trail Race Series: Cady Hills 5K
8:30 am, Golden Eagle Resort, 511 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont. The Cady Hills 5K begins on a private dirt road and quickly merges onto technical single-track through hardwood forests, rocky outcroppings. The trail takes you through a stunning tall pine forest before ending back at Golden Eagle Resort. Trail is split as 97-percent single-track, 2-percent double track, 1-percent dirt road. This is the second race in the Stowe 2015 Trail Race Series. Award presentations will follow the race, with plenty of free refreshments and product prizes to the top 3 female and male runners in open and masters categories. Free parking in the Mayo Field lots. Restrooms in the Golden Eagle Conference Center open to race participants. All proceeds from the Trail Race Series benefits Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports. $20 Pre-registration; $25 day of the race; $10 ages 16 & under. www.stoweadaptive.org

August 9, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

Aug 9, 2015, Smugglers’ Notch Trail Racing Series
10:00 am at Smugglers’ Notch Cross Country Trails, 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Jeffersonville, VT. Explore the trails of Smugglers’ Notch with our 2nd annual Trail Race Series. The Series consists of 3 trail races in and around the Smugglers’ Notch cross-country trail network. Each race will feature a 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run (ages 7 & under), and all races are open to runners of all abilities. A completed sports waiver is required before the start of the Series. Race Series Dates: (Sign up online in advance or day of at the registration table) 2K (50+ August 9th race only) $12 (partnering with Vermont Senior Games) www.raceplanner.com/register/index/Sunday-August-9-2015

Aug 13, 2015, Umiak Outfitters VTPB SUP Race Challenge – North Beach, BTV
6:00 pm at North Beach Park, Institute Rd, Burlington, VT. Test your speed at Umiak’s stand up paddle board race night for your chance to win weekly prizes. Paddle against the clock and your peers in this SUP race for all ages and ability levels. Bring your board or rent one. www.umiak.com/#!sup-race/c14dh

Aug 13, 2015, Vermont Challenge & Ride-Up Bike Festival
12:00 am, Stratton Mountain Resort, Base Lodge Parking Lot, Stratton Mountain, VT. The Vermont Challenge traverses Southern and Central Vermont over three or four days plus a one-day Gran Fondo century option for all riders. Route Overview by Day • Thursday 8/13: Southern routes out of Manchester – 65, 45 or 30 miles, • Friday 8/14: Routes to/from the Vermont Country Store plus BBQ! – 53, 35 or 25 miles, • Saturday 8/15: Gran, Medio & Piccolo – 97, 68 or 26 miles respectively all departing and ending, at Stratton Mountain or Bondville. Two Strava timed segments: KOM & Sprint, • Sunday 8/16: Northern routes out of Manchester – 58, 40 or 24 mile. www.vtchallenge.com

August 14 - Bike Maintenance Clinic
6:00pm, Sheldon Miller will be leading a bike maintenance clinic. This round of clinic will cover basics for situations that you may encounter during a ride: flat tires, broken chains, adjusting shifting and other essentials. Armed with some mechanical know-how your next ride can be an adventure and not an epic hike! Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

August 15, Family Campfire Night: Into the Dark
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. What happens at twilight as the sun goes down and the dark creeps in? Amazing things! Come join us for a family campfire as we explore our senses at night. We will start by the fire with songs and stories. As twilight approaches we will learn how owls, bats, and our other wild friends (ourselves included) thrive in the dark during a short night hike. You will "see" your senses at night come alive!
Register: 434-3068 or vermont@audubon.org

Aug 15, 2015, 100 On 100 Relay
12:00 am at Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT. A 100-mile team relay through Vermont. Teams of six runners complete three legs each, starting at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe and finishing at Okemo’s Jackson Gore resort in Ludlow. www.100on100.org

Aug 15, Women in the Outdoors Event
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation are putting on a one-day “Women in the Outdoors” introductory course on Saturday, August 15 at Buck Lake in Woodbury. The 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. course will be held at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury. Women must be 18 years of age or older, although anyone younger may attend if accompanied by parent or guardian. Information is available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website www.register-ed.com/events/view/65227  . Pre-registration through Ron Lafreniere with the National Wild Turkey Federation costs $35. Registration fee includes lunch and all materials for the day. For more information and to register, contact Ron at 802-434-4274.

Aug 15, 2015, IRR 4.0 Irreverent Road Ride
7:00 am at Cochran Ski Area, Cochran Road, Richmond, VT. Waterbury hosts a bike race with two dirt loops on double track, jeep roads, Vermont pave, ATV and other rugged terrain. The “Original” loop will be between 110-125 miles and the “Short” will be close to 70 miles. www.bikereg.com/irreverent

August 15-16, 2015, August Hunter/Jumper Show & VHJA Jumper Finals
Competition for all ages and abilities, including the NEHC,VHJA, and Marshall and Sterling Medals- plus the VHJA Jumper Finals! Summer Hunter Jumper Show features competition in hunters, jumpers, and equitation in three rings for three days of fun in Vermont's Green Mountains. Hunter/Jumper shows are exciting events that test the horse and rider's ability to navigate a set course at different heights that can range from 12" to over 4'. Hunter classes are judged on the horse's jumping ability and style, manners, and way of going. Winners of Jumper classes are chosen based on who jumped the course with the least amount of faults and in the quickest time. Want to learn more about Hunter/Jumper shows? Volunteer this season at GMHA! For more information on our Hunter/Jumper shows, please email hunter_jumper@gmhainc.org    www.gmhainc.org/hunter-jumper

Aug 16, 2015, Lake Monster Sprint/Olympic Tri & Aquabike
8:00 am at Shelburne Beach, Beach Road, Shelburne, Vermont. The Sprint Triathlon offers a great introduction into the triathlon world and an opportunity to get out of your element. Not ready for all 3 back to back events? It’s ok, grab a friend and split it. As with last year we’ll be offering the Olympic distance triathlon for those seasoned triathletes or those wishing to take their experience to next level. The races start with a swim at Shelburne Beach and monitored by race volunteers and/or lifeguards on several boats along the course. Following the swim is a bike/run along scenic country roads of Vermont. There will be a wave start for this race. Sprint distances will start 3:00 minutes after the Olympic distances. www.racevermont.com/lake-monster-tri-aquabike

Aug 22, 2015, Bolton Valley 5K to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
7:00 am at Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Access Rd., Bolton, VT. An annual trail run at Bolton Valley Ski Area, where runners and walkers head out to make strides on the Bolton Nordic trails to raise money for adaptive sports programming and equipment. Children, ages 8 and under, are encouraged to participate in an untimed 1k Fun Run. Kids Fun Run 1K ages 8 and under: $10, 5K ages 18 and under: $20, 5K ages 19 and up: $30, www.vermontadaptive.org/bolton5k

Aug 22, 2015, The Millstone Duel
10:00 am at Millstone HIll, 59 Little John Rd., Websterville, VT. Riders compete solo or in teams of two or three in an eight-hour race on the Millstone trail network. Riders compete against other teams as well as their team members for the fastest lap. www.gearworksproductions.com

Aug 22, 2015, Echo Lake Road Race & Swim
12:00 am at Echo Lake Fishing Access, East Charleston, VT. Kingdom Games in the Northeast Kingdom holds a classic run and swim to help support the Orleans County Citizen Advocacy on dirt roads around Echo Lake offer up some running and biking. The bike will be held separately from the run. The event includes a swim of 1 mile or 3 miles on Echo Lake to benefit the Echo Lake Association. Taken together they offer an opportunity to do all three as part of a stage triathlon. www.kingdomgames.com 

Aug 23, 2015, Vermont Overland Grand Prix
7:00 am, Woodstock Sports, 30 Central Street, Woodstock, VT. A 51 mile dirt road bicycle race featuring 5400 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a village downtown start/finish and a street party afterwards. www.vermontoverland.com

Aug 23, 2015, St. Albans Raid Half Marathon
8:00 am. Saint Albans hosts a half marathon on a a gently rolling, out-and-back course through Franklin County, Vt. Water stations are every mile. The historic race is open to all runners and relay teams of 2 people. Finisher medals and T-shirts for all registrants. Post-race food plus brews from 14th Star Brewery at the finish line. https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=15171754

August 23, 2015, Tour de Force Charity Run
Plattsburgh, NY. a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k running event. The Tour De Force Charity was started in 2002 by two N.Y.C. Detectives to raise money for the victims of the September 2001 Terrorists Attacks. Since then we have been having an annual bicycle ride from either N.Y.C to Boston or from Boston to N.Y.C. to raise money for police officers families that are killed in the line of duty nationwide. On 9-11-14 our bicycle ride started in Boston and finished at the FreedomTower in N.Y.C. on 9-14-14. We raised $500,00.00 nationally for our cause and our local North country bicycle group the Adirondack GARDA raised $52,000.00 dollars in ClintonCounty. The Tour De Force Charity will be sponsoring a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k run at the Point Au RocheState Park located at 19 Camp Red Cloud Road in Plattsburgh, N.Y.12901. https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Plattsburgh/TourdeForceHalfMarathon

Aug 23, 2015, The North Face Race to the Top of Vermont
12:00 am at Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont. The Catamount Trail Association holds their annual benefit race up the Stowe Toll road to the summit of Mount Mansfield – a 4.5-mile run or bike with a vertical gain of 2,564 vertical feet. www.rtttovt.com 

August 25 - Last Tuesday Night Trail Race
Our trail race series wraps up. Season long prizes will be awarded at the end of season wood-fired oven pizza party! Whether you're a regular or an occasional participant we hope you'll join us to celebrate the summer series. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,   802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

August 27 - 30, Killington Classic 2015
Killington, VT - The Killington Classic combines the beauty and warmth of late summer riding in Vermont with a Vendor Village, a stunt show and entertainment to provide a full weekend of motorcycle fun for you and your friends. Ride Beautiful Vermont! Includes: The Amazing Covered Bridge Ride - Last year's top ride! NEW "Vermont Highlights Tour" - The BEST of VT stuffed into one route. Ride the thrilling “Green Serpent” - Do you dare? Vermont's Best Poker Run (great prizes/amazing scenery) Brand NEW Route! Green Mountain Scavenger Hunt (beautiful views, and fun prizes) NEW Route! 12 Mile Parade to Rutland Block Party. www.killingtonclassic.com

August 29, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA​​. (802) 434-2167 museum@birdsofvermont.org  www.birdsofvermont.org

August 29 & 30, 2nd Annual Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show
At Fletcher Farm Field for the Arts & Crafts in Ludlow, Vermont. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show, presented by Springfield Buick GMC at the Fletcher Farms School for the Arts & Crafts, 611 Route 103S in Ludlow, VT. General Admission is $5/car. Rain or shine. Spectator rate is $5.00 per person. Cars from decades ranging from the 1910’s-1990 will be represented and judged. Car enthusiasts, novices, family & friends are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to view the antique & classic cars and guests will even have a chance to vote for their favorite car in the “People’s Choice” awards for the Top 25 & Best in Show. - See more at: www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/2015-okemo-valley-antique-classic-car-show-presented-by-springfield-buick-gmc

August 29, Coyote Calling Seminar
12:00pm, Coyote caller Erik Hammond will be on site to demonstrate how to call in the weariest coyote with fox pro callers and show how to set up using google earth and topo maps. this is a great way to spend time in the field in summer months when were all waiting for fall, so come on in and enjoy. Rack 'N Reel, 5343 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, Vermont. 802-453-2000 www.racknreel.com

Aug 30, 2015, Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race
9:30 am at Oakledge Park, Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT. This 1K fun run or 5K run/walk helps raise money for accessibility projects for Howard Center clients. In six years, Zoe’s Race has raised more than $120,000 and completed 15 home accessibility projects. This family-friendly event offers participants and fundraisers the opportunity to enjoy a fair-like atmosphere with great food, entertainment and fun while making a difference in our community. $10/$30 before June 1. $15/$40 after June 1. www.zoesrace.com

 

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September 2015

Sept. 5, 2015, The Dirty 40 Race
"VERMONT'S TOUGHEST GRAVEL ROAD RACE" The Dirty 40 Race travels through Derby, Holland, Morgan, Charleston, Westmore, and Brownington, Vermont. 80% of the course is on some of the most rural scenic backroads you will find in the State of Vermont. The course is tough, real tough. In fact, we've been told it is harder than an Ironman. Climbs as steep as 13% grades and 5600 feet of elevation gain.
www.dirty40race.com/#!dirty40/c24az

September 6, 2015, Darn Tough Ride
Believe us, it will be Darn Tough! The Darn Tough Ride is a road cycling event held in Stowe, Vermont, annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Every year, hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and their friends and families gravitate to the picturesque New England village of Stowe to be a part of the Darn Tough Ride, the perfect cycling adventure, incorporating some of the most celebrated unique routes, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents in Northern Vermont. 98.8 mles/159km, 7924' / 2415 meters of elevation. The NEW 60 mile and 48 mile routes will be announced on July 11th. Stowe's only road cycling event. www.darntoughride.com

September 6, LCI Evinrude Fox Marine Bass Open
Mallets Bay, Colchester, VT. - Two-person teams are encouraged to register online soon and prepare to head out to Malletts Bay for your six best bass. This is an exciting one-day event with a guaranteed cash prize of $3000 for first place. There are additional cash prizes for the first 15 places, including both small and largemouth bass categories, based on at least 90 pre-registered teams participating. Anglers can also win the Alumacraft Smallmouth Bass Lonely Lunker and the Alumacraft Largemouth Bass Lonely Lunker. This all-day event is open to anglers of any ability. Experience bass fishing at its best and the reason why Outdoor Life Magazine lists Lake Champlain as “one of the best bass fishing destinations in the country…it’s a beautiful lake that all anglers must visit once in their lives.” So hook up with a partner and head out to the Malletts Bay Boat Launch on September 6th to try your luck. http://mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

September 13, Masons of Pulaski Lodge Vet's Ride
Registration begins at 9 at the P&H Truck Stop, Exit 17 I-91. Wells River, VT - The Sixth-Annual Pulaski Lodge Masonic Motorcycle Ride, A benefit for Veterans at White River Junction VA Hospital is Sunday, September 13th, 2015.Registration is 9-9:45AM at P&H Truck Stop, I-91 Exit 17, Wells River, VT. The ride is free. The ride stops at the VA Hospital in White River, the Veterans War Memorial on I-89N in Sharon, the Veterans Cemetery with Flag Ceremony in Randolph and ends at Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre with a complimentary cookout and 50/50 drawings. Riders are asked to donate new under-garment and/or toiletry needs for men and women and/or cash. 100% of donations go directly to the Veterans distributed by the Voluntary Services Division. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/masons-of-pulaski-lodge-58-veterans-motorcycle-ride/

September 13, 2015, Tour de Taste
Tour de Taste is an annual pedaling picnic featuring tasty local food as you bicycle between special visits to farms and scenic vistas. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace, meet local food producers and community members, and stop at local farms and restaurants along the way to taste delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: Classic Loop (20 miles), River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles); or the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles). Please see below for information on other new features this year as well as a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding). Get ready for our annual valley ride by registering today. Early-bird specials and member discounts currently offer $15 off a full priced ticket. www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-tour-de-taste-a-pedaling-picnic-tickets-17152538705

Sep 19th - 20th, Brattleboro Gun Show
Brattleboro, VT. The Vermont Gun Show Trader List features gun and knife shows. We've made it our goal to make it easy to find Gun Shows in your area. Contacting gun show coordinators has never been more simple. Each listing provides as much promoter information as possible. https://gunshowtrader.com/gunshows/vermont/

September 26, 2015, Green Mountain Iron Dog
Obstacle Course racing with your dog. Our 16th Annual Vermont Police Canine Association's Green Mountain Iron Dog will be held on September 26, 2015 on the shores of Lake Champlain at Camp Dudley at Kiniya. In past years we have had over 100 runners spread through our three categories. The Iron Dog is a 1.5 mile obstacle course where handler and dog run through a variety of obstacles over various terrain. The course is based on what Police K9 handlers experience during a real life deployment. It is open to the public to compete and observe. Competitors are a mix of military, Police, and civilian. All abilities and dog breeds are welcome. There are also separate competitions to include building and drug searches, as well as a 100 yard dash (dog only). http://irondogvt.weebly.com/  

September 26, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA​​. (802) 434-2167 museum@birdsofvermont.org  www.birdsofvermont.org

September 30 - October 1, 72nd Vermont Annual Conference on Recreation
The conference is two days of workshops, sessions, and fun activities. On Wednesday, September 30th there will be workshops during the day, and an exclusive Exhibit Hall time from 5:00-6:30pm, followed by the Exhibitor Social, and our always popular Attendee/Exhibitor Game, with attendees and exhibitors participating on teams together. The evening is an amazing time to interact with attendees. Past exhibitors have said it is the best part of the conference, and worth the money. On Thursday, October 1st, there is a full day of sessions along with an exclusive Exhibit Hall Time of 10:30am-12:00pm, followed by the Awards Luncheon, which is now included for one exhibitor with an exhibit space. Also included is the continental breakfast Thursday morning.72nd VT Recreation & Parks Annual Conference on Recreation. www.vrpa.org

 


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  October 2015

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Start of Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

Archery Turkey

October 1, 72nd Vermont Annual Conference on Recreation - Day 2
The conference is two days of workshops, sessions, and fun activities. On Wednesday, September 30th there will be workshops during the day, and an exclusive Exhibit Hall time from 5:00-6:30pm, followed by the Exhibitor Social, and our always popular Attendee/Exhibitor Game, with attendees and exhibitors participating on teams together. The evening is an amazing time to interact with attendees. Past exhibitors have said it is the best part of the conference, and worth the money. On Thursday, October 1st, there is a full day of sessions along with an exclusive Exhibit Hall Time of 10:30am-12:00pm, followed by the Awards Luncheon, which is now included for one exhibitor with an exhibit space. Also included is the continental breakfast Thursday morning.72nd VT Recreation & Parks Annual Conference on Recreation. www.vrpa.org

October 3-4, Oktoberfest 2015
Craftsbury’s social and sporting event of the fall. Oktoberfest weekend (October 3rd and 4th this year) is always a great way to kick off the fall season with a smorgasbord of fun racing events and the always popular Oktoberfest local dinner, complete with a beer garden. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com   www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2015

 

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December 2015

December 19 - 20, 2015, Craftsbury to host NENSA Eastern Cup 15-16 Opener
We're happy to kick off the NENSA race calendar (and our own winter of high level events) with NENSA Eastern Cup #1, December 19 & 20. December 19 will be a classic sprint and December 20 will be 5k interval starts for both men and women. We'll be posting more details for racers and volunteer opportunities alike at www.craftsbury.com/easterncup  as we get ready for another big winter! Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

 

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