Celebrate South Burlington’s 150th Anniversary at CityFest

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Thursday August 06, 2015

Mark your calendar for CityFest 2015, an August 15 day-long event at Veterans Memorial Park, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the founding of South Burlington. Organizers from South Burlington Rotary Club and the City of South Burlington have planned a wide range of activities, events and entertainment to appeal to everyone.

The celebration begins at 9 a.m., kicking off a full day of events and activities with the opening of a craft fair featuring 40 local artists and crafters. Free ice skating at Cairns Arena, a Home Run Derby, USTA Tennis demonstrations, and guided tours of Wheeler Nature Center are scheduled throughout the day. Explore displays by Common Roots, South Burlington Energy Prize, Vermont Comic Con, a penny auction, and the history of South Burlington at the vendor village.

Music in the Park events will be featured at the Rotary Bandshell. Live music starts at 11 a.m. The Vermont Original Music Challenge will feature performances by the competition’s finalists, and the Smokey Newfield Project will wrap up the night.

Family friendly activities such as carnival rides, bouncy slides, face painting and Super Heroes in the Park are planned along with touch-a-truck displays of the city’s police cars, fire and rescue trucks and public works vehicles. The National Guard and U.S. Border Patrol will be present as well, along with a fleet of helicopters.

Prepare to quench your thirst and appetite with offerings from the ArtsRiot beer garden and an assortment of food trucks.

Birthday Cake and a Happy Birthday sing-along will commemorate the occasion at an official ceremony recognizing members of the community, current and past.

At 9 p.m. CityFest 2015 concludes with a blazing fireworks finale.

Look for a schedule of activities, and more information about parking, and free shuttles which will operate from all South Burlington schools and the University Mall in next week’s edition of The Other Paper.

Your Roots are Showing

As part of South Burlington’s 150th celebration the city clerk’s office is running a contest to see whose family roots go back the furthest. The rules are few and simple: You must be a current South Burlington resident and your ancestors must be residents with no break in years of residency between all of you. To enter, visit www.sburl.com where you will find a link to the contest form. Return the completed form to the city clerk’s office or bring it to the History Table at CityFest in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday, August 15. Deadline to submit your form for the contest is August 31. The winner will be announced at the September 8 city council meeting.

Good luck to all and don’t forget to show your roots!