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Labor Day through Columbus Day Killington announces a lineup of events

Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally, Hay Festival,  and Cooler in the Mountains concert featured this weekend

KILLINGTON — Visitors to Killington this fall will once again be greeted by large hay sculptures. Amid the mountain vistas and fall foliage, they may find themselves face-to-face with a 25-foot bear or 30-foot moose!

A Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Fall Event, the Killington Hay Festival is a celebration of the Vermont harvest. It features two dozen giant hay sculptures and a packed schedule of special events including Killington Restaurant Week, Killington Resort’s Brewfest Weekend, and the Reebok Spartan Race.

“The Hay Festival has become an annual fall tradition in New England, appealing to families from across the state and country,” says Amy Morrison, events and marketing coordinator for the town of Killington. “Guests to the area will love the family-friendly scavenger hunt and photo opportunities surrounding the giant animal sculptures, and folk art fans will enjoy seeing the creative – and sometimes unbelievable – creatures made from homegrown Vermont hay.”


Highlights of the 2014 Killington Hay Festival include:

A scavenger hunt through the winding roads and across the mountains of Killington to find 20+ giant hay sculptures.

Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally (Thursday, Aug. 28-Sunday, Aug. 31): The Killington Classic Motorcycle Touring Rally presented by Americade is Vermont’s premier motorcycle rally with four days of touring. The event features social events, a vendor village, bike and stunt shows, special events, live music, a 12-mile parade of bikes, and, of course, touring the beautiful roads of Vermont.

Cooler in the Mountains, Live at the Fillmore (Saturday, Aug. 30): The definitive Allman Brothers tribute band, Live at the Fillmore will appear in concert at Killington Resort on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 3:30-6 p.m. The free show at Killington Resort’s K-1 Base Area is the final concert in the Town of Killington’s Cooler in the Mountains summer concert series, presented by Long Trail Brewing.

POC Eastern States Cup (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6–7): Killington welcomes back the POC Eastern States Cup with the 2nd Annual East Coast Showdown and Enduro and SuperD USAC Regional Championship Finals. The Eastern States Cup is officially sanctioned by USA Cycling for Mountain Biking.

Killington Restaurant Week (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-13): Killington’s Restaurant Week offers some of the town’s finest dining at affordable prices, featuring fixed-price dinner menus at dining establishments throughout the community.

Annual Green Mountain Pug Rescue Social (Sept. 13): Over 300 pugs and their owners will gather in Killington for Green Mountain Pug Rescue’s Annual Pug Social at the Sherburne Memorial Library.

Vermont Cider Festival (Sept. 13): This new event was created to celebrate the art and artisans of New England cider-making, a tradition that is experiencing a very contemporary resurgence, throughout the U.S. as well as right here in Vermont. The one-day inaugural event, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, will take place at The Foundry at Summit Pond in Killington. Festival-goers will explore a selection of New England crafted ciders, both hard and natural, as well as a sampling of meads and ice wines. Locally harvested apples and artisan cheeses from every corner of Vermont will also be available for tasting. The festival will run from 12-noon to 5 p.m.

Foundry Fly Dogs (Saturday, Sept. 13): Bring your dog to The Summit Pond to compete in the fall edition of The Foundry Fly Dogs. Canine athletes compete to see who has the longest jump off the dock into the water. This event is fun for the whole family and of course, dog friendly.

2014 Reebok Spartan Race (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20–21): Killington’s annual extreme obstacle course competition weekend just got more intense. Think fire jumping, spear throwing, ropes climbing, trail running and then throw in Reebok Spartan Race athletes, Olympians alongside amateur athletes, all competing for a piece of the $250,000 cash and prizes. Are you up for the challenge? Competitors can choose to race in the Ultra Beast Race (21+ miles), the Beast Race (12+ miles), or the Sprint (3.5+ miles). Additionally, young Spartans are invited to race the Spartan Kids Races. Rather watch? Spectator locations will be set up at the K-1 deck, the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, the Snowshed area and the Snowshed pond.

Killington Brewfest Weekend (Oct. 3–5): Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241’ of Vermont’s finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, food offerings and over 100 craft beers in the region. One of Killington’s most distinctive annual celebrations, the Brewfest gets bigger and bigger every year.

Pico Ski Club Annual Ski & Snowboard Sale and Swap (Oct. 3-5): The Pico Ski & Snowboard Swap and Sale at the Pico Mountain Base Lodge is an annual event that benefits the Pico Ski Club racing programs with more than 165 participants ages 6 and up. Find a huge selection of new and used equipment along with consignment clothing and equipment from Pico Ski Club members and the public.

Columbus Day Weekend Sale (Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12): Hosted by the Killington Ski Club at Killington Resort’s Snowshed Lodge, find deals on new and used ski and snowboard equipment.

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8 comments on “Labor Day through Columbus Day Killington announces a lineup of events

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  1. Can anyone tell me what #7 is? It is with the Pink panther question but is basically 3 green hay bales stacked.

  2. WE will be in your area the week of October 5th. Will the Hay Bale sculptures still be available? Also, generally will this be a good time for fall colors?

    1. Hi Alice,
      Yes, the Hay Sculptures will be up through Columbus Day, which falls on Oct. 13. Your visit on Oct. 5 is well timed for foliage! While it’s difficult to predict whether it will come early or late year-to-year, that weekend is a very good guess!

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