Over 40 vendors will offer everything from handmade crafts, flannel pillows, books, toys, local roasted coffee, hand crocheted scarves & blankets, knife and scissor sharpening, car washing, maple syrup, Italian ice, maple candy, antiques, sports memorabilia, small rugs, quality cook and bake ware, refinished furniture, bake goods, hand painted tote bags, lemonade, cold brew coffee kombucha, handmade greeting cards, photography, all this and more will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 7th Annual “So Long Summer-Hello Fall” Festival on Sept. 1 in downtown Wells River.

The perennial favorites such as the Baldwin Memorial Library book sale, the Giant Zucchini Contest, the Share Your Harvest Table, and the WRAP Bake sale will all be there. The Cohase Chamber of Commerce Rubber Ball River Race on the Wells River returns after it inaugural run at the festival last year. Tickets for the balls are available from any Cohase Chamber board member and at the Trendy Times office at 171 Central St. in Woodsville. The “owner” of the winning ball will receive $300, the second place winner $200 and $100 for third place.

New this year will be Music in the Gazebo at the Welcome Center and a public address system on Main Street announcing events during the festival

Lots of information will be available at the festival. The Newbury Conservation Commission will have the latest information on the Emerald Ash Borer infestation in Vermont, NewburyConnect and the Newbury REDI District booth will have information on connecting volunteers and community groups to each other, and connecting every home and business in Newbury with affordable, high-speed internet access. 302 Cares and Kingdom Recovery Center will have information substance abuse and recovery. The Newbury Historical Society booth will offer a chance to test your knowledge on Newbury’s one-room schoolhouses and win a gift certificate to the Happy Hour. Food 4 Kids, OSIP Adult Day Services and the Mentoring Project will all have booths. Little Rivers Health Care will be offering free blood pressure checks and other health information. Internationally, the Cohase Rotary Club booth will highlight Rotary’s effort to end polio worldwide, plus Brad Vietje will demonstrate the at of wood turning.

So Long Summer-Hello Fall is not just a sidewalk sale event, it’s a place to find out what community groups are doing, it’s an event where you can leisurely stroll the sidewalks, meet and greet your neighbors, buy a raffle ticket or two, listen to some homegrown music information and perhaps get an early start on you Christmas shopping. So Long Summer – Hello Fall Festival is held rain or shine.

The Baldwin Library Block Party will be held the evening before the Festival on August 31st at the Wells River Congregational UCC Church from 5pm-7pm. Tickets are available at the Baldwin Memorial Library.

For more information about the “So Long Summer Hello Fall” Festival contact Peggy Hewes at the Baldwin Library, 802- 757-2693; librarian@baldwinlibraryvt.org, or Richard M Roderick at 802-757-2708 or wrapwr@gmail.com

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