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Gilfeather turnips will once again be the star of the show at the Wardsboro Turnip Festival — even a show that’s smaller and less complex by design.

Town and Village

Gilfeather Turnip Festival pared back this year

WARDSBORO—The Friends of the Library have announced that this year’s Gilfeather Turnip Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, will be a much smaller event this year.

“While Vermont has been a haven for many of us during the pandemic, the spread of the delta variant and continued outbreaks in the state make large gatherings a concern,” the Friends said in a news release. “While this popular annual event is our primary fundraising activity, your safety comes first.”

Instead of the full festival, the Friends will hold a scaled-down community celebration on the library front lawn from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be no vendors and no soup, but turnips will be sold, as will turnip-themed baked goods.

The Friends will have cookbooks for sale as well as Gilfeather merchandise such as T-shirts, caps, aprons, cookbooks, and ornaments, as well as “the popular hand-knitted turnip hats for children and adults.”

The event will offer live music and activities for the kids.

Tickets are still available for the “Best Raffle Ever,” with a winner drawn at the event. The prize is a holiday-themed wall hanging designed and hand crafted by local resident Carol Steiner.

Turnip aficionados can also visit to purchase turnip-related merchandise, including seeds.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #634 (Wednesday, October 13, 2021). This story appeared on page C3.

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