Barre Heritage Festival gets underway

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BARRE, Vt. – The Barre Heritage Festival kicked off on Thursday, with plenty of activities planned throughout the weekend.

On Thursday, a dessert competition was held at Old Labor Hall, where contestants brought in their best dishes to be taste-tested by a panel of professional judges.

The winner of the event, sponsored by Delicate Decadence Cake Boutique, was Ellen Sivret of Barre, who brought in an apple pecan tart.

People at the event got to dig in, grabbing their favorite desserts from the table. Smithsonian Folkways recording artist and Vermont native Michele Choiniere was also on-hand to provide live traditional Franco-American music.

The Times Argus Mid-Season Championships were held at Thunder Road International Speedway. We caught up with Tucker Williams, crew chief for Joel Hodgon, the current leader of the Flying Tiger division.

“Our biggest thing is to put a good, solid night together and stay out of trouble. We’ve got a decent point lead, and not a ton to gain, but a lot to lose,” Williams said. “The other division, where the points are close, tonight can make or break their season.”

A large crowd was on-hand for what the speedway calls “the most important event of the summer.” In the Flying Tigers division, Joe Steffen pulled off the victory. Heading into today, Steffen was 6th in the standings.

Hodgon managed to finish 7th, getting enough points to widen his lead at the top of the standings.

On Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., a free inflatable obstacle course, a bounce castle and inflatable gladiator joust will be set up on Main Street.

From 1- 2 p.m., a parade will run from the Barre Auditorium to South Main Street, featuring performances by the Waterbury Community Band, Shriners, and floats from community businesses.

Fireworks will cap off the festival at City Hall Park at 9:15 pm.

For more information on the Barre Heritage Festival, visit their website.

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