Aquafest tradition is back!
America’s Independence Day is celebrated in style all across Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom but few areas can boast of an offering like Kingdom Aquafest! Featuring four days of activities and entertainment Kingdom Aquafest has become a 4th of July weekend tradition to celebrate the holiday for residents and visitors alike.
The festivities launch at noon on Independence Day at Gardner Park with a full-on celebration in honor of our nation’s independence. There will be live music, entertainment, food, games and friendly competitions throughout the day and well into the evening. Be sure not to miss the Bed Races at 6:30 p.m. which are always a crowd favorite! Live music will include performances by Don’t Call Betty, Soul Kingdom, Joint Venture Jam Band and Evansville Transit Authority. The evening concludes with a sensational fireworks display scheduled to begin at 9:45pm.
The fun continues on Friday, July 5th with the Kingdom Kayak, a ten mile flat water race and expedition on Lake Memphremagog. Starting at Prouty Beach in Newport, the racers paddle out of the bay to the Canadian Border, around Black, Cove, and Belle Islands and back to Prouty Beach. There are five divisions including: All In - any size, any shape, 12 foot standard kayaks, Sailing Kayaks (any size, any shape), Paddleboards (any size, any shape), Expedition (non-race). Also on Friday, at 6:30 pm, spectators will line Main Street of Newport to witness the spectacle of the Viking themed Pet & Swimmer Parade. This fun and frenzied parade features pets from around the Kingdom and swimmers from around the world.
Saturday will bring a full range of events and activities to include the world-renowned open water Kingdom Swim on Lake Memprhemagog. The Kingdom Swim is a competitive and recreational charity swim for all skill levels, young and old alike, now offering distances of 10 miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 1 mile, 1/4 mile and 100 yards. The family favorite Aqua festival will commence at noon along the boardwalk of Lake Memphremagog. Promising to be bigger and better then years past, this year the Aqua festival will feature four bounce ‘n slides for children, sumo wrestling suits and three large inflatable bounce courses courtesy of the Vermont National Guard, culinary vendors, craft and artisan offerings, a signature performance from Magician B.J. Hickman and live entertainment under the lakeside gazebos to include performances by Aardvark, D’Jango and The House Rockers. Moo92 will be broadcasting live on Main Street from noon until 2pm while locals compete in the annual Chowderfest competition. Buy a spoon for $5 and dig in to a variety of Chowders entered to win! Also along Main Street shops, restaurants and boutiques will be featuring weekend sidewalk sales, face painting and a variety of specials to enjoy. Live entertainment will include a performance by Summit of Thieves. Kingdom Aquafest will draw to a close on Sunday following the Harry Corrow Freedom Run, departing from Prouty Beach at 8:00 and 9:00 am, and feature a 10K and 5K trail run as well as a 1 mile fun run. At 1:00 pm join us at the Newport city dock for the annual Aquafest Yacht Regatta and Lobster Bake. Watch the race, or join in on the fun with your sailing yacht. This race is a spectacle for boaters and spectators alike. All taking place within view of the Newport Harbor of Lake Memphremagog, this short race requires technical skills and luck all put on the line for a year’s worth of bragging rights. After the race head in the Gateway for a Lobster bake with fresh Maine lobsters.
Please visit www. KingdomAquafest.com or contact Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce at 802 3347782. Emails are invited to firstname.lastname@example.org.