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Island Insights: Fall Festivities in Champlain Islands

Fall Events in the Lake Champlain Islands of Vermont

Happy Fall! Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Lake Champlain Islands. As the leaves begin to change, local farmers gather their crops and invite members of the community to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Here is a lineup of the activities in October that you will not want to miss!

 Weekend in the Islands

Head to the Champlain Islands for a weekend celebration of community, food, and local goods. On October 8th and 9th many local businesses will be partaking in the towns of South Hero, Grand Isle, and North Hero. There will be fun events, promotions, and great local products available during this fall festival. Check out the map below to learn more! 

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Farmers Market Harvest Fest 

The Champlain Islands Farmers Market will be holding its annual Harvest Festival from 10am to 3pm on October 8th at the Saint Rose of Lima Church in South Hero. Stop by to support your local farmers and makers while enjoying music and games! 

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Emmon's Island Haunted Trail

The annual Emmons Island Haunted Trail  will take place on October, 8th in Grand Isle. Tickets are sold the night of the event. The children's walk is free from 4:30pm - 6pm with a costume contest at 5pm. The main event will take place from 6:30pm to 10pm. Entry is $10 a person or bring seven non perishable goods to donate to the food drive.

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Community Harvest Fest at Snow Farm Vineyard

On Sunday, October 9th Snow Farm Vineyard is inviting the community to join them in harvesting their grapes from 9am to noon. Following the harvest, they are hosting a festival from noon to 4pm. This fun event will include live music, food trucks, and wine tastings!  

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Green Mountain Marathon

The Green Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon will be held at the Folsom School on South Street. On October 16th at 8:30am runners will take to the West Shore of South Hero and Grand Isle. 

Register here

Champlain Islands CROP Hunger Walk

The CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, October 16th, at 1pm at the Congregational Church of South Hero. A quarter of these proceeds will stay in the Champlain Islands Community and the remaining funds will be distributed to the CROP foundation and help fight hunger and poverty around the world. 

Register here

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