2020 - Save the Date
Saturday Oct. 24, 10 to 3
2019 Festival Info below-
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Gilfeather Turnip Contest Categories
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IT’S TURNIP TIME.AGAIN!
PRESS RELEASE - 2019 EVENT
FRIENDS OF THE WARDSBORO LIBRARY
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Keep your eye on Main Street toward the end of this month and you’ll notice that there will be truckloads of Gilfeather Turnips arriving at Town Hall for the Friends of the Wardsboro Library’s 17th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival and Turnip Contest. How many turnips? Oh, about a half a ton.
Heading to Wardsboro each year for a bowl of creamy, hot Gilfeather Turnip soup served at this popular agriculturally-themed event has become a tradition throughout southern Vermont. This year’s 2019 fest is Saturday, October 26th, from 10am to 3pm, rain, snow or shine, free admission. The outdoor Turnip Soup Kiosk opens at 11am, as does the indoor Turnip Café, featuring some 10 different dishes to sample, from Turnip Mash to Turnip Cupcakes. Volunteers are welcome to join the Friends on Soup Making Day, Thursday, October 24, all day at Town Hall. It takes many hands to peel and chop enough turnips to feed the crowds expected for the event. Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several new vendors to look for under the big tents on Main Street: Brooks Heley Pottery, Parish Hill Cheese, Salsa Sisters Salsas, Squabble Hollow Designs (signmakers), Albert’s Delicious Sodas, West Townshend Botanicals, and Ellen Johnson quilts.
Back by popular demand and performing throughout the day, musicians Jimmy Knapp, and Marvin Bentley’s band draw their own fans to the Turnip Fest, too. Another big favorite at the festival is the four basket raffles at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1pm. Many of the vendors generously donate samples of their products and wares to fill these big raffle baskets with their remarkable edibles and handcrafted goods.
The Turnip Shoppe will be open again as it does every year inside of town hall. Items such as tee and sweat shirts, ball caps, Gilfeather turnip seeds and cookbooks just to name a few will be for sale.
Not to be missed—the Turnip Contest. Enter your Gilfeather before noon at Town Hall, and compete for Grand Champion. (To win that, you’d need to grow one bigger than a basketball.) The categories for the Turnip Contest entries as well as the detailed schedule of events for the entire day and a complete list of this year’s 40 vendors are posted in advance on the website www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org. Follow the festival news and updates on Facebook, too.
The proceeds from the Turnip Festival are used by the Friends of the Wardsboro Library to pay the property expenses at the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, home of the Wardsboro Public Library. Parking is by donation $4 per car. P.S.! Dogs should stay home for this festival. They don’t like turnips anyway.