WEST PAWLET - The Woodchuck Festival will be held on Feb. 2 at the Mettawee Community School. Firefighters from the Rutland, Bennington, and Washington County areas are invited to participate.

There must be at least one 4-person team from each Fire Department, but each department may come with as many teams as they like as the competition is stiff.

The cost for teams registering on the day of the event will be $30. Plaques will be handed out to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams that win the Woodchuck Rescue Challenge which begins at 1 p.m. There will be "cow-plop" bingo beginning at 10 a.m. Bingo squares will be on sale throughout the following weeks. Contact 802-645-0158 or 802-645-9224 to purchase a square.

In addition to the games, there will also be the annual Market Place & Arts Gallery. The school, the library, the gym and art room will be filled with handcrafted items available for purchase. Represented organizations will also be there.

Local artist Roy Egg will have a booth and will also be available to autograph the anniversary posters for a small donation.

The Market Place will be open from 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Over 120 applications have been sent out and interested crafters should contact woodchuckfestival@yahoo.com as space is limited and the festival fills up quickly.

The Woodchuck Cafe will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. serving hot food, hot and cold drinks, and desserts.


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The Woodchuck Kiddy Fun Table will also be in the art room for arts and crafts plus the annual coloring contest.

For further information, call 802-645-0158, 802-645-9224 or email woodchuckfestival@yahoo.com.