The Sherburne Library hosts a special event each year on the third Saturday in September: The Vermont Fairy Tale Festival. Due to the pandemic, we’ve had to hold off on putting together a festival for 2020 or 2021. Libraries are just beginning to reopen and have all they can handle in their own communities this fall. We hope to be back with another full festival in 2022.
In the meantime, The Vermont Fairy Tale Festival is hosting The Great Vermont Dragon Egg Hunt on Saturday, September 18. Over 100 public libraries are participating by hiding a special dragon egg in their community. Libraries will give out clues to the location of the hidden treasure and the lucky child who finds the egg can take it back to the library and trade it for a Folkmanis Dragon! This will help us get the word out about the Fairy Tale Festival and get folks ready for another great event in 2022!
The Vermont Fairy Tale Festival was put together to showcase our Vermont Public Libraries and all they do for their communities. Each library that participates will sponsor a booth about a specific Fairy Tale. In that booth, they can tell the story, do puppet shows, music, and/or have a craft for families to make and take home. We also have vendors selling fairy tale type wares and we will be adding food vendors to this year’s line up. The festival is free and open to the public from 10-4 with the donation of a non-perishable item for either the food bank or the humane society. So dress up as your favorite fairy tale character and bring the whole family to the Vermont Fairy Tale Festival!
Also on this same weekend, we will be celebrating all things Viking. It includes an authentic Viking encampment circa 800AD. Peruse our vendors selling homemade items such as jewelry, clothing, shields, pottery, etc. This is a three day event for the reenactors that includes training and competitions as well as workshops on nalbinding, tablet weaving and the like. The Vikings graciously open the event to the public on Saturday from 10-4 during the Fairy Tale Festival with games for the kids. While this is also a family friendly event, please note that the live steel sword fighting is real and may not be suitable for smaller children. For more information about either of these activities, you can call the library at 422-9765 or follow us on Facebook at Vermont Fairy Tale Festival and Vermont Viking Invasion for the latest news.