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Event Snapshot:

When: August 20 & 21, 2022 (Rain or Shine)
Saturday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Okemo Field @ Route 103 & Bixby Road, Ludlow, VT

The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is again hosting the second annual Best of Vermont Summer Festival scheduled for Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 in Ludlow, Vermont. The event will take place at Okemo Field on Route 103.

This festival is a great opportunity for everyone including locals, new residents, second homeowners, and visitors! Some of the program highlights this year include hot air balloons, home design tent (new this year!), live music, agricultural demos (sheep, etc.), craft beverage producers (beer, wine, distilleries, etc.), artisan products, specialty foods, fine art, barn dance, classic car show, antique tractors, etc. Join us for a Cruise-In the evening before the festival on Friday August 19th at Benson’s Chevrolet in Ludlow from 5-8 pm. This year gate proceeds from the festival will support the creative economy sector in Okemo Valley. New this year, the festival has created a collectable limited edition print made by Dan O’Donnell of O’Donnell Design. He will be selling these at his booth at the festival. Let us know if you wish to be added to the pre-sale sign-up for this wonderful keepsake by emailing: info@yourplaceinvermont.com. This festival  information page will continue to be updated, as more information becomes available. Follow updates on our Best of VT Summer Festival Facebook page!

Throughout the weekend attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the following special family-friendly activities:

Hot Air Balloon: Balloons of Vermont will be offering tethered rides on Sat. at 4-7pm for a $25 fee per person max of #5 riders at a time (first come, first serve, weather permitting). Sponsored by Cape Air.
Car Show: with trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place and a $500 cash prize for the 1st-place winner, an overnight stay at Echo Lake Inn for the 2nd place winner & a gift basket from the VT Country Store for the 3rd place winner! Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Lifestyles Real Estate. Learn more & register HERE.
5th Annual Benson’s Chevy Cruise-In: the evening before the festival on Fri. 8/19 from 5-8 pm. Register HERE.
Children’s Programming: sponsored by Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates including Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures offering clowning & circus fun and face painters from Springfield Art Gym.
Wine Tasting: from 12-2pm both days sponsored by Meiomi Wines & Constellation Brands. Each participant will get to keep their wine glasses & also receive a Meiomi bag to store them!
Design Tent: sponsored by LaValley’s Building Supply who is also offering a $500 gift card prize. Learn more & enter the contest HERE.
Food Tent: sponsored by Diamond Realty featuring Mount Holly Beer, Mr. Darcy’s (Wagyu Burgers), Coleman Brook Tavern at Okemo & more.
Agricultural Exhibits: sheep shearing with Farmer Fred DePaul and yarn spinning with Six Loose Ladies.
Radio Remote Broadcasting: with Catamount Radio WDEV Rock 94.5.
Vendor Raffle: vendors generously donate prizes.
Gate Donation Proceeds: benefitting Okemo Valley Creative Economy programming (businesses that produce cultural, artistic & innovative products).
Live Music: both days with the support of lead music sponsor Engel & Volkers. Featuring a Barn Dance on Sunday at 11:30 am with Ida Mae Specker. Each day will feature live music including our HEADLINERS:

Saturday 8/20 from 12-7 pm:

12-2 pm: Jeb Porter & Friends
2-4 pm: Eric King & the Rustie Bus Band
4-7 pm: Jenni Johnson & the JAZZ JUNKETEERS

Sunday 8/21 from 10 am – 4 pm:

10 am-1 pm: Ida Mae Specker (Barn Dance @11:30!)
1-4 pm: Christine Malcolm & the SUGARLEAF BAND

So far here is our participating vendor lineup (Those with an asterisk* are returning vendors from last year. Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Members are in bold):

Thank you to the following Okemo Valley Chamber member sponsors who have helped to make this event possible. (Those with an asterisk* are returning sponsors from last year):

The Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce extends its gratitude to the Best of Vermont Festival organizing committee, led by co-chairs Scott Duffy of Rockledge Farm Woodworks and Alyssa Stewart of Stewart Maple & Marketplace. Other members include Holger Stoltze (Governor’s Inn), Stephen Plunkard (Q4! Associates), and Sarah Sheehan (William Raveis VT Properties).

This annual event is a terrific way to amplify your brand. Please consider providing support as a:

  • Volunteer to help staff the festival

Inquiries may also be directed to Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce director Carol Lighthall at clighthall@yourplaceinvermont.com.