Wardsboro hosting annual 4th of July festival

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WARDSBORO — Downtown Wardsboro doesn't look the same as it did several decades ago, but it still has that old-fashioned feel, with the 4th of July Parade and Street Fair being held here since 1949.

The street fair opens at 9 a.m. More than 40 local vendors will line Main Street with their wares ranging from everything imaginable to the unimaginable — soaps, hand knits, pottery, jewelry, wood carvings, clocks just to name a few.

Get there early for the homemade strawberry shortcake, which will be served from the church vestry, or for hamburgers, hotdogs, fries which will be hot off the grill right outside Town Hall. Pop inside Town Hall to purchase pies of every filling, all made by local pie makers. The bake sale will be brimming with goodies also homemade by locals. Coffee and donuts will be served and sold from the rolling cart up and down Main Street. The White Elephant Sale will be situated in front of the garage next to the library and will offer many choice items.

The parade will begin as usual at 10 a.m. after the church bell rings and the national anthem is sung. Original floats, walkers, and vintage cars plus fire trucks from Wardsboro and other local towns will pass by the reviewing stands and turn around to receive their awards from the judges.

Cool off with some ice cream, which can be found near the children's Games. The Boy Scouts are running the Children's games as a fundraiser.

Barbecued chicken with all the fixins' will be served at 11 a.m. near Town Hall. Don't miss the display of new and vintage quilts which can be found in the Methodist Church.

The Library Trustees' annual book sale takes place all day on the library lawn.

The Duck Race in the West River will begin at 2 p.m.

The History House will be focusing on the history of the Wardsboro Volunteer Fire Department, which started in 1936.

Marvin Bentley, Ida Mae Specker and Jimmy Knapp's Green Mountain Ridge Runners will provide music throughout the day.

The Friends of the Wardsboro Library will be selling art and collectibles as well as raffle tickets for their "Best Ever Raffle" of a handcrafted rock maple side table.

Speaking of raffles, there will be four drawings of a one-day $100 adult lift ticket at Mount Snow for the 2018/19 season. Four chances to win at $5 each or $20 for five. Print your tickets in advance by visiting www.the4thofJulyWardsboro.com.

Regular and handicapped parking at $4 per car will be available in seven marked areas. A shuttle bus service will bring fair goers to Main Street from the lower north parking lot on Route 100. Main Street will be closed to traffic from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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