Great Scott! Burdock Festival has 'Back to the Future' theme

A few of the burdock sculptures constructed for last year's festival. (Provided Photo)

BENSON — DeLoreans can park near the church for this year's Benson Burdock Festival and Family Day on Sunday. Because the town is going Back to the Future. "We'll see some kind of DeLorean or Michael J. Fox running around," said Benson Select Board member Gina Cull. "There were a few suggestions for themes, like the 'roaring '40s,' but we liked the Back to the Future one." Back in the 1970s, the Benson Burdock Festival didn't have burdocks at all. "Thirty years ago, it started going this way, just to put a spin on it," Cull said. "Before that, it was just a parade." And what better testament to the glories of a Vermont summer than a purple-flowered seed pod that, just like good memories, tend to turn up when you least expect them and stick to you forever. All are welcome to join the Benson parade with whatever floats they have created, whether Marty McFly is on them or not. Lineup is set for 10 a.m. at the Benson Town Garage and the procession begins an hour later. "The floats vary from year to year," Cull said. "Families construct their own burdock-centered floats." If your talent is for sculpture, try your hand at the burdock sculpture contest: Create what you can out of burdock seed pods and submit your entry by 10:30 a.m. "They'll be judged by tallest, most creative and most theme-related," Cull said. "Anyone who wants to participate is welcome, you don't have to be a resident." Hungry attendees can buy a $10 barbecue chicken lunch after the parade served "to-go style" so you can picnic where you like, dessert included. All proceeds toward fundraising for next year's parades and festivals. No burdocks will be served with lunch. Now you can wear burdocks intentionally. Burdock festival T-shirts will be available for $10, with larger sizes sold for $13. A farmers' market with vendors will sell foods and handcrafts outside the municipal building, and Cull said there will be a children's area for arts and crafts. The Benson Museum will be open all day, and a tag sale will be held outside the United Church of Benson. For the bookworms, the Benson Library will be having a book sale. After lunch, Benson will be ready to haul. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be a tractor pull by the West Coast Taco Stand until 6 p.m.

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