Guide to the 2022 Chester Festival on the Green

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The 47th Chester Festival on the Green remains a weekend filled with music, great arts and crafts, good food and friends set in the charming Vermont town of Chester.

This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 on the Chester Green on Main Street in downtown Chester.

Children delight in the farm games during last year’s Festival on the Green. Photo courtesy Chester Community Events.

This free outdoor event celebrates not only the state’s spectacular fall foliage but also Vermont’s many craftspeople. It is  seasoned with local musicians, agricultural exhibits including tractor rides, animal exhibits, an apple cider pressing, hay maze and field games and our local food vendors. It’s an unforgettable Vermont experience geared toward the entire family.

The organization behind the Festival is Chester Community Events, a consortium of small business owners and individuals who have been working hard to showcase the best of Vermont, highlighting 60 artists and craftspeople including photographers, fine jewelers, wood turners and more. Food and beverage vendors can be found at the Food Court on the Academy Building lawn, where a music stage will also be set up.

See the full list of vendors below. The business names of those with websites or Facebook pages are clickable. It’s a great way to learn more about these artists and craftspeople.

On both Saturday and Sunday, ambassadors wearing bright “Volunteer” shirts will be available to answer all questions and direct visitors.

This year’s Food Court, introduced last year to much praise, is offering a wider variety of options. And this year there is more parking and more shuttle stops for your convenience.

Click the following links to take you down to:


There is a lot to do and see so plan your Chester visit now. For more information about the  Festival click here and check out the Festival’s Facebook page


The Lazy Cow
Ashley Sigi
Food: Ice cream.
Chester Snowmobile ClubFood: Grilled cheese sandwiches.
Yosemite Engine CompanyFood: Grilled burgers, sausages and hot dogs all to benefit the Chester Fire Department.
Fight Scurvy, Drink Lemonade aka The Chester TelegraphFood: Fresh-squeezed lemonade and limeade. Made to order. Rated the Best by 99.99% of customers!
Jamaican Jewelz CateringFood: Jamaican cuisine.
Anons Thai CuisineFood: Thai cuisine.
Stone Hearth Inn & EateryFood: Baked goods and lunch items.
Sunnyside TaqueriaFood: Mexican cuisine.


Live entertainment will be filling the air at the Festival on the lawn of the Academy Building, across the street from the Green. This year, the festival features some of Vermont’s finest singer-songwriters. Learn more about them by clicking on their links.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Sunday, Sept. 18

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Saturday, Sept. 17

  • Live animal exhibit sponsored by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.
  • Face painting and photo booth.
  • Mechanical Cow interactive demonstration sponsored by Cabot Cheese Co.
  • Sheep dog herding demonstrations hosted by Morse Brook Farm.
  • Worm farm exhibit hosted by Little Diggers Vermont.
  • Dancin’ with the Honeybees beekeeping exhibit and educational show for kids.
  • Apple cider pressing.
  • Family Farm games: Needle in the haystack, pumpkin bowling, cow pie bingo, hay bale maze, and potato sack racing.

Sunday, Sept. 18

  • Birds of Prey demonstration sponsored by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.
  • Face painting and photo booth.
  • Mechanical Cow interactive demonstration sponsored by Cabot Cheese Co.
  • Sheep dog herding demonstrations hosted by Morse Brook Farm.
  • Worm farm exhibit hosted by Little Diggers Vermont.
  • Dancin’ with the Honeybees beekeeping exhibit and educational show for kids.
  • Apple cider pressing.
  • Family Farm games: Needle in the haystack, pumpkin bowling, cow pie bingo, hay bale maze, and potato sack racing.

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The beautiful Victorian town of Chester, Vt., sits along Routes 103 and 11 in Southern Vermont. You’ll find beautiful homes, charming shops and friendly people at every turn.

From I-91, take Exit 6 and travel 12 miles west along Route 103. Keep going straight into downtown Chester. You can’t miss the Green. (Do not turn right onto Route 103 at Maple Street.)

From the west, take Route 11 in Manchester, traveling east. You’ll pass Bromley Ski Resort and the town of Londonderry, then head straight into Chester and the Green. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Manchester to Chester.

From the north, take Route 103 South into Chester. You’ll drive through the historic Stone Village and curve past Town Hall on your left and the historic Chester Depot Train Station on your right. Be sure to slow down. When you come to the fork in the road, bear right and head into downtown Chester.

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Parking will be available at:

  • Chester-Andover Elementary School, 72 Main St. (No shuttle stop);
  • NewsBank parking lot at 397 Main St. with an entrance on Cobleigh Street;
  • Cobleigh Field on Cobleigh Street;
  • Green Mountain Union High School, 716 VT-103 east;
  • The Chester Dental Center, aka Ellsworth Clinic, 55 VT-11 west;
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 96 Main St. (Sunday only);
  • Handicapped accessible parking and handicapped Portapotties will be stationed at the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St.

The Moovers Shuttle Bus will running on both days, stopping to pick up and drop off at the designated parking lots.

2022 Festival Arts & Crafts Vendors

BirchcraftWood: Baskets, creels, handbags, vessels crafted from birch bark, spruce roots, willow, leather and found objects.
Cards by StargazerCrafts: Handmade greeting cards, suncatchers and doily wall art.
Stone Village Farmers MarketAgriculture
Will C and Debra ClingenpeelArt: Paintings and fabric bags and cozies.
Kevin Hart PhotographyArt: Vermont photography
Thompson Goat Farm.

Connie Thompson owner.
Artisan Food & Personal Care: Soaps & canned goods.
Grandpa Jim's.
Jim Smith, owner.
Artisan Food: hot sauce, BBQ sauce, seasonings; gift boxes, chili mix, salsa.
Winter View FarmArtisan Food: Honey, beef sticks, jerky, as well as crafts and beeswax products.
Papa John's Sugar Shack.
Mark & Amy Turco, owners.
Artisan Food: Vermont maple syrup, maple products, cotton candy.
Lee's BeesArtisan Food: Vermont pure local honey.
Salsa SistersArtisan Food: Salsas, from the mildest to the extreme!
Sue's StonesCrafts: Stones wrapped with leather cord or cane with integrated knot patterns, beads, and baubles making interesting center pieces, meditation stones or paper weights.
Chester TownscapeCommunity organization
Andover Mountaineer Snowriders ClubCommunity organization
Chester Ambulance Service Community organization
Chester-Andover Family CenterCommunity organization.
Chester Conservation Committee Community organization.
Wander on Words,
Colleen Wilcox, owner.
Crafts: Hand lettered art, art cards, clothing and more.
Vermont Fire RocksCrafts: Oil lamps, sea-glass jewelry, wall hangings, greeting cards
Hiz & Herz CraftsCrafts: Quilts, bibs, food wraps, hand-printed mandalas and wood burnings.
Gabby's Small Town Designs.

Gabby Currier, owner.
Crafts: Tumblers, snowglobes, key chains, bows, signs and sweatshirts.
Meyeroff GemsStones: Semi-precious stones, crystals, agates, geodes, abalone shell, fossils and a variety of minerals.
Ann K. HerrickFiber: Fabric items including aprons, pot holders, tote bags and mug rugs.
Betty Rounds KnitsFiber: Traditional knitted items including hats, scarves, mittens and more.
Vermont Cozy Fiber: Handmade yard-woven hats, scarves, shawls, bags and more.
Shauna Bags and More.

Shauna Nickerson, owner.
Fiber: Clothing, handbags, finger puppets and microwave bowls.
Regency & Thyme.
Suzanne Nelson, owner.
Fiber: One-of-a-kind pillows. Each pillow is unique and made using sustainable practices through the use of vintage and remnant pieces of fabric.
The Quilted JardinFiber: Animal, vegetable and landscape fabric art.
2 Crafty CharactersFiber: Functional fabric items including hot pads, microwave bowls, table runners, saddlebags and quilts.
Victoria's Artisan Gifts.

Victoria Dennis, owner.
Fiber: Soft, portable chalkboard mats, 1980s style hair barrettes and fun accessories.
Stella & Sol Sustainables.

Meagen Berquist, owner.
Fiber: Paperless towels, beeswax wraps, reusable sponges, washable coffee filters, cotton rounds and tissue, with the mission of zero-waste.
Stone Creek Workshops.

Kathy Stone, owner.
Furnishings: Custom cabinets, furniture & pottery.

ALG Doodles and Designs.

Ashley Griggs, owner.
Hand-painted ornaments, glassware and gifts.
Peabody Mountain Apiaries.

Carol & Steve MacLaury, owners.
Honey and honey products including soaps, candles and luminaries and handcrafted jewelry.
Lyon Pond Studio.

Karen Utiger, owner.
Dan & Lynn BrooksJewelry and Fiber: Copper art and jewelry, wool scarves, toddler hats, miniature sap buckets, holiday ornaments.
Croft Gem by IgnazioJewelry and metal smithing
BXB by Jenny BuxtonJewelry: repurposed leather goods, kimonos, wraps
Bracken Glen Cottage.

Melody Reed, owner.
Jewelry: Beaded jewelry and lavender sachets.
Wisdom River Designs.

Shannon Parker, owner.
Jewelry: Handcrafted jewelry of fine metals and gemstones.
Gardenhouse Studio.

Peggy Lydem, owner.
Home Decor: Handmade pillows and home décor, up-cycled wooden items with decoupage, painted picture frames, and small painted sap buckets.
Bratach Sith StudyMixed media, fiber and painting
Busy B Goat Farm.

Liza & Kevin Welch, owners.
Personal Care: Goat milk soap, bath products, lotions, raw honey, crafted items, wreaths.
Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps.

Judy Lidie, owner.
Personal Care: Handcrafted soaps.
Celt CraftsHome Decor: Popular items include unique ornaments, wind chimes, engraved slate, wood soap dishes, bee houses & birdhouses.
Rising Forest PotteryPottery: Functional handmade ware.
Mason House Pottery.

Christopher Wuttke, owner.
Pottery: Functional stoneware pottery.
Same Sun of VermontSolar installation company
Trinkets from TreesWood
Cutting Boards by Dave.

Dave Petravage, owner.
Tulip Tree Turnings.

Ross Meyer, owner.
Reimagined Birdhouses & More.

Jo Ann Clifford, owner.
Wood: barnwood, small, handmade items.
Treasured Turnings.

Craig Shippee, owner.
Wood: Hand-turned bowls, vases, ornaments, bangles etc.
Hawks Meadow Farm Artisan Food: Garlic and spice blends, hummus, pesto and salsas all made from organically grown ingredients.
Rebecca Perry Jewelry.

Becka Perry, owner.
Jewelry: Southwest-inspired beaded earrings, bracelets and necklaces and repurposed home goods.
Antiques and Beautiful ThingsJewelry: Pewter and sterling silver works.
Vermont PosterFaux vintage travel posters inspired by Vermont's unique tourist past.
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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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