Chittenden’s Barstow School will be transformed into a family fair Saturday. The 3rd annual Chittenden Day Celebration from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. will have everything from music, food, vendors and crafts, to sack races, water balloon tosses, a dunk tank, karaoke and fireworks. “We have a huge tent on the front lawn, we line vendors along the edge of the driveway, and all of our games are out on the playing field. So it takes up that whole front area at Barstow,” said Sarah Quint, co-chairwoman of the Chittenden Day committee. “It happened for a long time in Chittenden years ago and then it went away for a couple of years. But this is the third year that it’s been an all-day event,” she said. The day starts off with the Parent Teacher Organization-sponsored Bobcat Bolt, “which is a fun 1-mile run for kids,” Quint said. It's followed by a 5K at 9 a.m. around the town and a parade at noon. “All kinds of people make their own floats,” Quint said. From 1 to 6:30 p.m., there will be music by four different bands, and vendors set up all day, with everyone from artist Peter Huntoon to blacksmithing students and a third grader selling painted rocks. “One of the biggest things we have going on is a silent auction that the friends of the Chittenden Public Library put on,” Quint said. “They’ve gathered things from all over the area, and that’s a huge fundraiser for the library.” There’s also an old fashioned chicken barbecue, free ice cream, and a huge fireworks display around 9 p.m. which brings, “I would say hundreds of people,” Quint said. “It’s a great way for kids to reconnect right before school starts. There are tons of families and people who come just to see what it’s all about,” she said. Chittenden Day Celebration runs 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Barstow School, Chittenden Road in Chittenden: Bobcat Bolt registration at 8 a.m.; 1-mile fun run at 8:30 a.m.; 5K at 9 a.m.; Friends of the Chittenden Public Library Silent Auction, all day; softball, 4 p.m.; chicken barbecue, 5 p.m. ($8, $6 for 12 and younger); free ice cream, 5:30 p.m.; and fireworks extravaganza, 8:45 p.m. For more information, call 802-483-6963, or email

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