Highlights of Barre Heritage Festival and Homecoming Days, July 22–26

La Soiree Sucree —  Celebrate Barre’s French Heritage with a night of music, dancing and dessert on Thursday, July 23. Sponsored by Delicate Decadence in honor of Chet Briggs, The Barre Heritage Festival and the Old Labor Hall. Join us at the Old Labor Hall as we celebrate our French heritage. The evening will feature French desserts, French fiddling and dancing with The Beaudoin Family.

This event was so popular last year, we ran out of food! So get your tickets early, bring your best French dessert if you’d like and come out for a sweet evening with friends, music and food. Check out the Barre Heritage website for details.

Ethnic Food Tent — On Friday, July 24, The New England Culinary Institute will host the ethnic food tent featuring an assortment of cultural foods spanning the globe. Once the food is gone, there is no replenishing! Arrive early! The event is held on the Aldrich Public Library lawn starting at 4:30 p.m.

Parade — Line-up is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Barre Auditorium. Please feel free to arrive early to decorate your float. Parade entry is free, although donations to the festival are greatly appreciated.

Applications may be scanned and emailed to parade@barreheritagefestival.org, faxed to 588-7619 or mailed to: Barre Heritage Festival, P.O. Box 554, Barre, VT 05641

If you have questions, or would like to be added to the parade mailing list please email parade@barreheritagefestival.org or call our volunteer parade coordinator Steve at 595-7019

Heritage Car Show — All day Saturday, July 25 at the Lenny’s and Soups & Greens parking lot on North Main Street. This year promises to be bigger and better then ever, with a fantastic line up of over 50 cars on display. Trophy to be awarded for best in show! Best in Show vehicle will be featured in Barre Heritage Festival Car Show promotional materials in 2016.

Downtown Barre Shopping Spree — Shop in downtown Barre July 20 to July 25 for extra chance to win! Over $2,000 in prizes!

Shop Local and Win Big! — How to enter: Simply stop at the Barre Heritage Festival information booth at City Hall Park to get your free entry slip on Friday, July 24th and Saturday, July 25th.

Increase your chances: For every $5 spent at a participating downtown Barre merchant or restaurant between Monday, July 20 and Saturday, July 25, you will receive an additional entry slip. Bring your collection of entry slips to the Barre Heritage Festival information booth at City Hall Park on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 to be entered to win the grand prize of a downtown Barre shopping spree, or one of our many runner-up prizes. Check the website for more details.

Strength Through Heritage — Barre is the fourth largest city in Vermont. While the community first developed around the milling available along the adjacent Winooski River, granite soon emerged as the key industry of Barre. In fact, granite from Barre, Vermont was used in some of the nation (and world’s) finest buildings, monuments and memorials. Consequently, granite carvers from across the world settled in Barre making the city a rich mixture of cultures.

All the above information is from the Barre Heritage website: barreheritagefestival.org

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