On August 23, 2023

The Best of Vermont Summer Festival returns Saturday and Sunday in Ludlow


Sat.-Sun., Aug. 25-27—LUDLOW—The third annual Best of Vermont Summer Festival returns to Ludlow. The anticipated event wil kick off on Friday night from 5 -8 p.m. with the 6th annual Benson’s Chevy Cruise-In event (see page 16) and continue through Saturday and Sunday at Okemo Field on Route 103 and Bixby Road.

The Best of Vermont Summer Festival is a celebration for everyone—from locals and new residents to second homeowners and visitors. The festival aims to showcase the vibrant and diverse community of Ludlow and the Okemo Valley region. With a wide array of attractions, including live music, craft beverage producers, artisan products, specialty foods, fine art, antique tractors, and a kid’s zone.

This year, the Best of Vermont Summer Festival is not only a celebration but also an opportunity to give back. Gate proceeds from the festival will support the Okemo Valley Disaster Relief Program, providing crucial assistance to those in need within the community. By attending this festival, you not only have a great time but also contribute to a worthy cause.

Antique tractors & vintage machines:  New this year, Dan Moore of Barker Farm will be showcasing his impressive collection of Antique Tractors & Vintage Machines. Barker Farm, known for hosting the annual Autumn Roundup show in Ludlow in September, will provide a glimpse into Vermont’s rich agricultural history. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness working exhibits from the 1900s and marvel at the craftsmanship of Vermont-made engines and machinery.

Kid’s Zone: The Kid’s Zone offers a variety of family-friendly activities. Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures will be on hand to provide clowning and circus fun, while face painters add a touch of whimsy to the festivities. The Kid’s Zone promises hours of entertainment and laughter for children of all ages.

Food tent: Indulge your taste buds in the delectable offerings at the food tent, sponsored by Diamond Realty. Featuring Mount Holly Beer, Mr. Darcy’s Wagyu Burgers, Coleman Brook Tavern at Okemo, Crowley Cheese and more, this culinary oasis is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Sample the finest local flavors and savor the unique culinary creations that Vermont is known for.

Wine tasting: The Wine Tasting experience is a treat for wine lovers. Discover a selection of exquisite wines and indulge in the sophisticated flavors that Vermont’s vineyards have to offer. Immerse yourself in the world of wine and appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship behind each bottle.

Yarn spinning with Six Loose Ladies: For those interested in the textile arts, Six Loose Ladies will host a fascinating yarn spinning demonstration. Discover the ancient craft of transforming raw fibers into beautiful yarns. Watch as the skilled artisans create intricate designs and learn about the history and techniques behind this traditional art form.

Vendor raffle: Participate in the Vendor Raffle and stand a chance to win exciting prizes generously donated by our vendors. This is a wonderful opportunity to support local businesses and take home a special memento from the festival.

Live music: Both days of the Best of Vermont Summer Festival will feature live music, thanks to the support of lead music sponsor Engel & Volkers. Prepare to be entertained by talented musicians who will grace the stage and fill the festival grounds with captivating melodies.


Saturday, 8/26 

Noon-7 p.m.

12-2 p.m.    Ida Mae Specker

2-4 p.m.      Eric King & the Rustie Bus Band

4-7 p.m.      Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers

Sunday, 8/27
10  a.m. -4 p.m.

10 a.m.-noon: Jeb Porter & Friends

1-4 p.m.: Christine Malcolm & the Sugarleaf Band

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