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Killington Announces 2011 Summer & Fall Events

The town of Killington has announced a full slate of events spanning the 2011 summer and fall tourism season. Beginning with the Stage Race on Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Columbus Day with the celebrated Hay Festival, the robust lineup includes the return of many perennial favorites such as the Killington Wine Festival and the free It's Cooler in the Mountains concert series, as well as many new events including the Super Spartan Beast Race and the world-famous Circus Smirkus.

Following are the highlights of Summer/Fall 2011 in Killington:

May 27 - 30, The Killington Stage Race - The season officially gets underway Memorial Day weekend when thousands of cycling enthusiasts from throughout the Northeast converge on Killington for three days of fast and furious racing action. Excellent viewing along all race routes.

(Saturdays) July 2 - August 6, Killington Music Festival - Join 100 of the nation's best junior classical musicians for a series of summer concerts every Saturday evening at Ramshead Lodge in Killington, or attend the final performance atop beautiful Killington Peak.

July 4, Star-Spangled Birthday Celebration - Killington's old-fashioned 4th of July celebration is a favorite with visitors and locals alike, and this year commemorates the town's 250th birthday. Festivities include the traditional parade, barbecue and fireworks, as well as historical demonstrations and a giant community birthday cake.

July 10 - 14, Killington Junior Golf Tournament - Over 100 of the world's best junior golfers compete during this multi-day tournament at Green Mountain National Golf Course, with an accompanying tournament for non-qualifiers at Killington Resort Golf Course.

(Thursdays) July 14 - August 18, Library Concert Series - Free outdoor evening concert on the lawn at the Sherburne Library in Killington.

 

July 16 - 17, Killington Dog Days - Killington becomes a dog paradise during this weekend to benefit the Rutland County Humane Society, featuring national DiscDog competitions, pet-friendly vendors, and games for pets and their owners.

July 22 - 24, Killington Wine Festival - A signature event for the region, this year's 10th annual festival will feature over 500 wines from around the world, during a full-bodied weekend of tastings, dinners, and a Wine and Nine golf tournament.

July 30, August 6, 13, 20 & 27 - The 'It's Cooler in the Mountains' Concert Series - Grab the lawn chair, the beach blanket, and the whole family and head to Killington's K1 Base Area for this free outdoor concert series, featuring top regional bands, plus outdoor activities and games for the kids, a beer garden and BBQ.

July 30 - 31, Eastern States Cup - Killington Peak joins the roster of Eastern mountain venues for this competitive series of downhill mountain bike races.

August 6, Spartan Beast Race - This 10-12 mile timed obstacle race across Killington Peak claims to be the 'toughest race on the planet.' Competitors face military style obstacles along the way, including an eight foot wall, slippery incline wall, cargo net climb, barbed wire crawl, water obstacles, mud crawl, spear throw, fire jump and gladiator pit.

August 13 - 14, Gravity East Downhill Race - The 2011 Gravity East Downhill Series is one of eight downhill mountain bike races where competitors vie for a $5000 cash prize.

August 14 - 15, Circus Smirkus - Pico Mountain will be the site of this world-famous troupe, featuring 30 of the world's best child performers. Juggling, tumbling, trapeze, aerial acts, contortion, clowns, live music and tailor-made costumes are all part of the act under the Big Top. Shows are Sunday and Monday at 1PM and 6PM. Tickets are $20 for adults (over age 13) and $17 for youth (ages 12 and under). Group discounts are available.

September 1 - October 10, Killington Hay Festival - Named a Top Ten Summer/Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Killington Hay Festival is back for its 4th year. A five-week celebration of autumn in Vermont, the event showcases a collection of 40 giant hay animals on display at businesses throughout town. It also features a family-friendly educational scavenger hunt, a handcrafted hay maze, and an old-fashioned ice cream social and soapbox political rally. There's even a special Killington Hay Festival brew from Long Trail and "Hay and Stay" packages.

September 8 - 11, The Killington Classic - Now managed by Americade, New England's largest motorcycle touring rally returns to the region for four thundering days of social events, day rides, poker runs, lectures, demos and the signature 12-mile parade of over 1,000 motorcycles through the heart of the Green Mountains.

September 16 - 17, Farm-to-Table Food Festival - A celebration of locally grown and sourced food paired with seasonal beers and ciders, experienced through a variety of tastings, cooking demonstrations and a fresh food market. Demos include cheesemaking, homebrewing, lessons on the art of gastronomy and fine foods, and creating fresh-food dinner menus.

October 1, Killington Brewfest - A ticketed sampling of New England's finest craft beers, set at the base of Killington Peak during the pinnacle of autumn foliage. Live music, food tastings and over 60 regional artisan brews on tap.

Located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, Killington is home to the Killington Ski and Golf Resort, Green Mountain National Golf Course, exceptional restaurants and four seasons of endless outdoor activities. More information on all events is available at www.discoverkillington.com.

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