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The 5th annual Killington Hay Festival is underway

The menagerie of large sculptures will be on display through Columbus Day

Killington's 15-foot giraffe is ready for its close up - and so is the 4,000 pound wolf, 20-ft kangaroo, and land-dwelling octopus!

The 5th annual Killington Hay Festival, with its signature collection of giant hay animals, officially kicked off Labor Day weekend, just as the Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally rolled into town.

The Killington Hay Festival is a five-week celebration of the Vermont harvest, and features a robust portfolio of special events including the Motorcycle Rally, Restaurant Week, Killington Resort  Brewfest, a charity 5K Run/Walk and the Spartan Beast Race.
"The Hay Festival has grown to become an annual fall tradition in New England, appealing to families from across the state and country," says Suzie Dundas, Killington's director of Economic Development and Tourism. "Our festival, like our community, is back and stronger than ever after Hurricane Irene, with an exciting calendar of events to highlight how much we've grown."

Hurricane Irene interrupted the start of the 2011 Hay Festival, but town residents, officials and businesses rallied to put on a shortened festival following heroic recovery efforts last year. Now, as the town and the state continues to recover from Hurricane Irene's resulting decrease in tourism, promotion of the 2012 foliage season is more important than ever.

"Our Hay Festival offers something for everyone, from extreme obstacle course racing to a family-friendly run/walk, or a laid-back restaurant week, followed by a weekend of delicious beer tasting at Killington Resort," adds Dundas.
Highlights of the 2012 Killington Hay Festival include:

•    A scavenger hunt through the winding roads and across the mountains of Killington to find 30+ giant hay sculptures including a giraffe, a rare white tiger and a true Killington black bear.

•    The first-ever Killington Restaurant Week, featuring fixed-price dinner menus at about a dozen participating restaurants throughout town.

•    The Killington Classic Motorcycle Touring Rally, offered five days of touring, social events, an outdoor concert and BBQ & vendor village. Monday's Labor Day event included a special "Irene: One Year Stronger" regional tour, guiding guests on a 50-mile route through the hardest hit locations.

•    The Killington Spartan Beast Race - an obstacle course race across the terrain of Killington Mountain. The event also includes social events and parties throughout Killington the weekend of September 21-23. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
August 30 - October 8
Killington Hay Festival Showcase of more than 30 giant animals made entirely of Vermont homegrown hay, including a fun scavenger hunt and photo contest!

August 30 - September 3
Killington Classic Motorcycle Touring Rally

September 10 - 16
Killington Restaurant Week

September 16
Killington Family 5K Run/Walk for IDIC 15

September 22
Green Mountain Pug Rescue Annual Pug Social

September 21-23
Spartan Beast Race

September 28-30
Killington Resort Brewfest

October 5-7
Killington Ski Club Sale

For additional information on the Hay Festival and details on all events, visit www.discoverkillington.com