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Downtown Rutland's Summer Sidewalk and Food Festival is back

Friday and Saturday, August 3-4, thousands of residents and visitors to Downtown Rutland will enjoy two days of shopping, dining and entertainment at the annual Downtown Rutland's Summer Sidewalk and Food Festival. Center Street, portions of Evelyn Street, and Merchants Row will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Over 100 vendors will offer a tantalizing array of products and services. Children's activities and demonstrations will be on-going. And many talented dance, theater and music performances will showcase a variety of talents.

There is no admission fee for this two-day event. The festival opens Friday at 9 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. On Saturday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity to explore what the region has to offer," said Michael Coppinger, executive director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership.


Friday night features dance by Cobra Dance Studio at 5:15 p.m., music with The Stafford Tech All-Stars at 6 p.m., and music from The Bobby Dick Show at 8 p.m. Saturday there will be live music from a variety of performers from 10:30 a.m. to  3 p.m. Jeh Kulu Dance & Drum Theater will perform at 1 p.m. The Rutland Historical Society will play some of the classics in their space on Merchants Row. At 12-noon and 2 p.m. see Song of the Pond, a children's musical by the Twelve Tribes. The Twelve Tribes will also be demonstrating Israeli and Irish dancing. The Paramount Theatre will give behind the scenes tours at 12:15 p.m. 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
For more information about the Summer Sidewalk & Food Festival, August 3-4, call (802) 747-7900.

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