The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to welcome community members and visitors to the 2019 Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival. This year’s festival, now in its 24th year, will be held at Camelot Village on Route 9 on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1, of Labor Day Weekend. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. each day. This farmers’ market-style festival is known for its cascading rows of 200-plus garlic vendors, kids’ activities, food trucks, beer and wine garden and regional live bands. It has won the coveted Top 10 Fall Events in Vermont for a decade now, and is considered to be one of the best garlic-themed festivals in the world by Reuters. Tickets are $10 at the gate or $8 online at lovegarlic.com, is one of the many reasons why this festival continues to grow and reached around 15,000 weekend attendees in the last few years. This year patrons can also purchase a family pack of tickets online for $20, which includes two adults and unlimited children per day. If individuals purchase an online day pass or two-day pass ($12), they get access to an express lane manned by the Shires Young Professionals for fast and easy access to the festival. Children at the gate, if a family doesn’t purchase a family pack online, remain at $2.