Aquafest tra­di­tion is back!

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - New­port, VT

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 di­rec­tor@vt­north­coun­try.org.

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