Award-Winning ‘Sun and Fun!’ Festival Returns to Bennington
The fifth annual Sun and Fun! Festival at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Street, Bennington, on Saturday, August 24, will be packed with activities and fun for all ages. Held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this free event will include live music by local bands The Hale Mountain Pickers and the Throwbacks, kids’ activities, interactive educational activities, displays by over 35 community and environmental groups, and a delicious luncheon, available by donation. The goal is education on ways to get involved in the community, consume less, reuse and recycle more and to care for the planet, all in a festive atmosphere. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will return this year with two different presentations on Vermont wildlife, including a live owl and other animals. Kids; activities include games, crafting, face painting, giant parachute games, giant bubbles and mural painting. They will especially love making a wooden top at the 4-H booth, taking home a solar fairy light provided by host and sponsor Second Congregational Church, and crafting a pine cone owl or hedgehog. In addition to displays, all will have the opportunity to try out the ever-popular ELF bike and chat with local bike enthusiasts about different types of bikes and bike safety. Everyone can pedal their way to a delicious treat using the smoothie bike provided by sponsor RiseVT. Interactive educational exhibits on wildlife, animal tracks, ticks, bats and climate change make learning fun. There will also be an array of solar gadgets, drawings and giveaways all day.
Organizers announced last month that the Sun and Fun! Festival was awarded an Amplify Grant by RiseVT. These funds were used to purchase reusable, foldable shopping totes to be handed out to attendees at the event. ‘Since at this time next year single use plastic bags will finally be phased out in Vermont, it’s important that folks have reusable ones,” said organizer Kathleen Shaw. “We have a very limited budget and are thankful RiseVT is supporting us.”
Now in its fifth year, the Sun and Fun! Festival is organized by the Eaarth [sic] Advocates and members of the Second Congregational Church UCC, thanks to the generous support of their sponsors, which include the Bennington Bookshop, Climate Advocates Bennington, Eaarth Advocates of the Second Congregational Church, Mighty Food Farms, RiseVT, Solar Pro, Tri-State Federal Credit Union and VSECU. The event won a national award by Interfaith Power and Light last year. To learn more, go to bennscc.org or call 802-442-2559.