bennington battle day weekend - August 16-18, 2019
The Battle of Bennington was a battle of the American Revolutionary War, part of the Saratoga campaign, that took place on August 16, 1777, in Walloomsac, New York, about 10 miles (16 km) from its namesake Bennington, Vermont.
A rebel force of 2,000 men, primarily New Hampshire and Massachusetts militiamen, led by General John Stark, and reinforced by Vermont militiamen led by Colonel Seth Warner and members of the Green Mountain Boys, decisively defeated a detachment of General John Burgoyne's army led by Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum, and supported by additional men under Lieutenant Colonel Heinrich von Breymann.
Today, we celebrate the brave men that fought for freedom and unity in this brave little state we call Vermont
Gallery photos belong to Bennington Banner
Friday, August 16th - Official Battle Day
11am - 2pm: Hot sausage, burgers and hot dog lunch available for purchase at the Bennington Fire Department.
4pm - until food runs out: Chicken BBQ dinner at Bennington Fire Department, $10 per person.
4pm - 9pm: Silent auction at Bennington Fire Department.
6pm - 8pm: Car cruise at Bennington Fire Department, cars will parade down Main Street at 8:15pm.
6pm - 10pm: 'Las Vegas Night' with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590AM at Bennington Fire Department.
6pm: Softball game with Bennington Fire Department against Bennington Rural Fire Department at Willow Park in Bennington.
7pm: Commemorative ceremony at the Bennington Battle Field (NY-67, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090).
Saturday, August 17th
8am: Pre-registration for Battle Day 5K Road Race at Bennington Monument.
9:30am: 5K Road Race to begin and end at Bennington Monument. This is the fourteenth annual 5K race! The course is slightly rolling. In keeping with the Battle Day activities, this race is started with the firing of a cannon or revolutionary war era rifle. Following the 5K race is a 1/2 mile kids fun run (a fun, easy race for children).
10am - 12pm: Kids Day at Bennington Recreation Center (655 Gage Street), sponsored by BFD.
12pm: USS Bennington memorial service and wreath laying ceremony at the ship's bell (located at Bennington Town Office - 205 South Street).
3:00pm - 5pm: Battle of the Pies at 423 Main Street (next to Banner office). Prizes for best apple pie! Sign up to enter your pie (download form below or call 802-442-1050 to request a form). Judging at 4:00 pm. Pie slices available for purchase, all proceeds to benefit the BFD and DAR Ormsby chapter.
Sunday, August 18th
10am - 4pm: 'Living History Encampment' with cannon muster and military drills at the Bennington Battle Monument. Soldiers and minutemen will be camping on the grounds.
10 am - 4 pm: Battlefield Tours - Guided tours of the Bennington Battlefield located in Walloomsac, NY.
11am - 3 pm: Battle of the Pies at 423 Main Street (next to Banner office). Buy a slice of pie, with milk, ice cream, and/or cheese, or all four! All proceeds to benefit BFD and DAR Ormsby Chapter. Did you know? Apple pie was declared the Official State Pie of Vermont in 1999. Apples are also the state fruit! At that same time, it was mandated that “When serving apple pie in Vermont, a “good faith effort” shall be made to meet one or more of the following conditions: a) with a glass of cold milk, b) with a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 ounce, c) with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.” Celebrate Vermont and Apple Pie!
12:30pm: BATTLE DAY PARADE! Public to line up on downtown Main Street. Parade will run from Main & Safford Street to Depot Street, North on Depot Street to River Street, River Street to the Fire Station.
3pm - 4:30pm: Fashionable Times - A historical review of woman's fashions. The Bennington Battle Monument and the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument will sponsor a production by Vintage Visitors Presentations to take place at the Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle. Several lovely ladies will model reproduction historic clothing dating from the late 1700's to the early 1900's. Fashions for children and gentlemen will also be featured. The Vintage Visitor Interpreters will remain for a short period after the show, in costume, to chat and answer questions. There will be a $10.00 admission for adults (15 and over) and $2.00 for youth (14 and under). Light refreshments will be served.
4pm: Winner drawing for BFD $3,000 First Prize Battle Day cash raffle at the Bennington Fire Department.