After much deliberation, it is with great sadness that the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Wardsboro 4th of July Street Fair and Parade due to the continuing COVID-19 virus threat and gathering restrictions currently in place in Vermont.
The committee has been meeting since January, planning for the 71st annual 4th of July celebration in Wardsboro, with the hopes that this year’s event would be the biggest and best ever, especially since the 4th falls on a Saturday. But the consensus is that the safety and health of those participating in the parade and volunteering to work, as well as the thousands of guests who gather in Wardsboro that day, is a priority over the celebration itself.
Many thanks to everyone who had signed up to volunteer to help with the Street Fair and Parade this year. We hope you will all sign up again for the 2021 4th of July celebration. We will be sure to contact you! The 4th of July committee consists of Katryna Fitzpatrick, Bette Parsons, Lee Miller, Phil Dibble, Pastor Pete Carlson and Darlene Rutnik. Their dedication and enthusiastic support for the 4th, their wisdom, time, talents, and energy is greatly appreciated. See you all next year! Stay safe and healthy.
The 4th of July Committee is offering this gorgeous handcrafted and framed punch needle maple themed wall hanging via a raffle ticket that is shown below. As the ticket mentions, it has a value of $450. The raffle will be drawn on July 4th and there is no need to be present at the Drawing.
It is an appreciation raffle and should you wish to participate in it, you can make a copy of the ticket, fill in your information and send it with a donation to Wardsboro 4th of July Committee, P. O. Box 248, West Wardsboro, VT 05360.
1) Print the ticket image
2) Fill in your information
3) Send raffle ticket with your donation to:
Wardsboro 4th of July Committee
P.O. Box 248
West Wardsboro, VT 05360
9 AM: Street Fair opens all along both sides of Main Street with more than 50 vendors
10 AM: Start of the parade. Initiated with the ringing of the Church Bell and Invocation by Pastor Pete Carlson.
The parade starts by the bridge, proceeds south on Rte. 100 and then turns by the Wardsboro Country Store and heads down Main Street past the reviewing stand at Town Hall before turning around and following the same route in reverse.
Parking will be available in fields on roads entering the town center: on Rte. 100 entering from the north or south, upper Main Street from Jamaica, and on the South Wardsboro Road. Additionally there are four Handicap Accessible spaces provided by the Wardsboro General Store. A shuttle bus is available from some locations.
Parking is a $5 donation per car.
By the 4th of July Committee
The snow has melted and the warm summer days are ahead. Happily, the 71st annual Wardsboro 4th of July Street Fair and parade is just around the corner, this being our 71st year and the longest consecutive running 4th of July celebration in Vermont.
We are planning many surprises as well as the usual exciting events of years past. New this year will be a “Made in Wardsboro” room where you will find items by local artists and craftspeople displayed; it will be in the small meeting room on the 1st floor on the left as you enter Town Hall. Wander through the room and marvel at the hidden talents of Wardsboro residents.
Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?? Enter the second annual Wardsboro 4th of July Hot Dog Eating contest and you can enjoy 6 hot dogs for your free lunch! The first to finish all six Hot Dogs gets “bragging rights” and a trophy. Think about signing up. More details will be to come as the date gets closer.
See more detail of this event in the informational box elsewhere in this issue. Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Enter the first ever Wardsboro 4th of July Hot Dog Eating contest and you can enjoy six hotdogs for your free lunch! The first to finish all six gets ‘bragging rights’ and a trophy! Ready to sign up? Call Lise or Russ at 896-6188.
At 9am the Street Fair Vendors will be showing off every type of handmade arts and craft as well as lemonade, baked bread and ice cream. You can count on our delicious offering of fresh Strawberry Shortcake in the vestry, homemade pies and scrumptious baked items inside Town Hall. Sneak over to the hamburg and hot dog booth outside to the right of Town Hall.
White Elephant tables can be found next to MacMichael Park. “One man’s trash is another man's treasure” is illustrated each year at this booth, which is not to be missed. At 10am the parade will be going down Main Street to dazzle you. All is on schedule with unique floats now in the “working” stage but soon to be ready for display and judging for awards.
Wouldn’t you like to join the parade? You can march in costume or not, drive your vintage car, create a float, ride a horse, show off your prize cow or emu, or your pet dog, cat, canary or donkey. To join the parade simply arrive by 9am at the bridge on South Wardsboro Road where there will be someone to greet you and guide you to your place in the parade.
Parking, at $5 per car, will be available in fields on roads entering the town center: on Rte. 100 entering from the north or south, upper Main Street from Jamaica, and on the South Wardsboro Road. Additionally there are four Handicap Accessible spaces provided by the Wardsboro General Store. A shuttle bus is available from some locations.
No amount of “thanks” is enough for the volunteers who continue to offer their time for this event, yet still more is needed. Think about being involved in this great celebration. An hour or two would be great, on the evening before to assist setting up tables, chairs, trash bins etc., or on the day of during or after the event to do what ever is needed to “breaking down”. Contact Chairperson Katryna Fitzpatrick at (802)896-1047 to volunteer; she will find an area where you can help.
Mark your calendar for Thursday July 4th : Street Fair starts at 9am, Parade at 10am and the BBQ service at 11am. Rain or shine, we will celebrate the 4th of July in Wardsboro.
Items for the 4th of July White Elephant sale (which in good repair) can be dropped off at the Town Garage next to the driveway entrance to the Wardsboro Public Library. Dates for drop off will be announced at a later date.
Do you have books you would like to donate? This is a great way to recycle books to make room for new.
The Wardsboro Public Library trustees and volunteers run their annual 4th of July book sale fundraiser on the front lawn of the Library. Proceeds from the sale go toward library expenses not covered by the Town budget, such as the free children and adult programs, books and supplies.
Please bring your book donations to the library, at 170 Main Street. Wardsboro during regular hours or call Jill to arrange alternate drop off time 802 896-6988.
The 4th of July Committee would like to celebrate the talent in our community during the 71st annual 4th of July Street Fair and Parade. We know Wardsboro is home to artists, crafters, writers, cooks, gardeners and many other creative people. Some do sell or display their creations for others to see while others quietly enjoy their creations on a personal level and share with a close few.
We want to show how proud we are of all of you. We are asking all interested Wardsboro residents to display a sample of their unique creations in Town Hall during our July 4th celebration.
Darlene Rutnik is compiling an email and/or telephone list so she can reach as many artisans as possible and to explain the details of this event. To join the display of creative talent, call Darlene at 896-6394 or email her at email@example.com .
An official one-page Schedule of Events will be available at various stations along the parade route. Also, the Master of Ceremonies will be keeping guests informed of events via the public address system. The Grafton Band and The Bills Band will be in the parade and there will be music throughout the day.
along Main Street starting at 8:30AM
next to the Methodist Church on Main Street starting at 9:00AM
inside Town Hall on Main Street. Pies starting at 9:00AM
outside near Town Hall on Main Street starting at 11:00AM
outside near Town Hall on Main Street starting at 11:00AM
The parade starts by the bridge, proceeds south on Rte. 100 and then turns by the Wardsboro Country Store and heads down Main Street before turning around and following the same route in reverse. The Street Fair is along Main Street on both sides. Listen for the ringing of the Church Bell that signals the start of the parade at 10 a.m. Ribbons for the parade floats and participants are awarded on the return trip so stay to see who this year's winners will be.
The Street Fair & Parade evolved from a need to raise funds for the Yoked Parish. A few farsighted souls came up with the idea of a simple street fair with a novelty booth, handicraft booth, games for kids, homemade sandwiches, pie slices, and a little parade with a few floats and kids on bikes. The community began to be involved more and more because it was so much fun. The Wardsboro Yoked Parish runs the parade and most of the proceeds go to help community members in need.
Helping out at the 4th of July Street Fair & Parade has become a tradition in Wardsboro. It is part of the fun of offering entertainment and good food to several thousand visitors. To volunteer before, during or after the event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider entering the parade! For details on joining the line-up, email us. Great fun for antique or vintage car buffs, equestrians, musicians, Scouts, kid's' clubs and groups, performers, anyone with a big patriotic spirit!
Be a Vendor - spaces are limited for crafters, artists, and others, so please contact us as soon as possible at email@example.com.
To donate used books in good condition for the Library's book sale, contact the Library at 802 896.6988. Please do not leave books outside on the porch!