There's fun for all ages at Vermont History Expo.
Held every other year, it's the perfect event for the entire family! We always have lots of heritage-breed animals. And don't forget the parade both Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime. Below are just a few examples of our great activities for all.
Let's Go Fishing! with Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
In 2016, we hosted the Let's Go Fishing! program from the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife at Expo.
The “Let’s Go Fishing” Program is a network of volunteer instructors who encourage and teach young people and their families how to fish.
Let’s Go Fishing emphasizes that “fishing is more than catching fish” by:
•educating young people about water ecology and fishing
•helping young people become aware of and appreciate Vermont’s fish population, their habitat needs, and ways to be stewards of these resources
•teaching proper fishing skills and ethics, including respect for the resource and the responsibility to know the rules and regulations of fishing.
Science of Water Tent
Visitors learned about the science of water at Expo 2016 - where it goes, what it does, and the why of it all!
The Ottaqueechee Natural Resources Conservation District brought their stream table, demonstrating river dynamics in a way that is both fun and easy to understand. Expo visitors got a first-hand look and a chance to experiment with how changes to the natural landscape change the flow of rivers - and what happens when there's a flood.
Pond Life from the Montshire Museum of Science
Visitors learned about creatures from Vermont ponds with the Montshire Museum of Science. There were dragonfly nymphs, daphnia, predaceous diving beetles, water scorpions. Kids were amazed by these fascinating animal’s life histories.
Every Expo, we feature special craft activities just for family in connection with our Expo theme.
In the popular Clara's Games area, young (and young at heart) Expo visitors play games enjoyed by generations of Vermonters. Some of the activities–walking on stilts (with expert instructors!), hopscotch, checkers, beanbags, cup and ball, and dominoes–are still popular today. Others, such as Kitty Kitty Corner, Copenhagen, the dice and bowl game, and graces, may be less familiar but just as fun.
Twelve-year-old Clara Doty, of Tinmouth, Vermont, is our inspiration for Clara's Games. In 1888, she kept a diary recording the weather, her daily chores, and the games she played.
While the day-to-day lives of children in Vermont have changed dramatically through the years, play provides a link across generations. Diaries of 19th-century children like Clara Doty and the oral traditions of the Abenaki help us understand and recreate the fun activities of the past.
The Little Dig
The Little Dig allowed visitors to explore the Tunbridge Fairgrounds using the science of archaeology along with professional archaeologists. This hands-on activity systematically tests the fairgrounds to discover what was left behind by decades of fair visitors.