Winooski (pop. 6,649) is in Chittenden County
on the shore of Lake Champlain
and the Winooski River, slightly northeast of Burlington
, Vermont's largest city.
The name comes from the Native Abenaki tongue for "wild onions," once prolific along the river. A prehistoric campground dating to 5,000 years ago exists in Winooski. In the early 1770s, one Ira Allen "led a people through a wilderness of 70 miles" to build a substantial blockhouse on the river, which served as a fort, general store and office for the land-speculating Onion River Company. Historically, a large number of French Canadians flocked to the area. Today, there is still a large French-speaking population, so that the local cable carries two French stations out of Montreal, Canada.
Winooski is part of the Burlington, Vermont metro area.
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05/18 Coming to The area
Taste of the Valley Plymouth NH March21 Experience all of your favorite local flavors. Several restaurants from the region will be there hoping to win your vote in the "Best in Show" competition.
Green Mountain Film Festival Montpelier VT March22-31 Culture reigns at the Green Mountain Film Festival, featuring powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere.
Vermont Maple Festival St Albans VT April26-28 Pancake breakfast and maple buffet, the annual “Sap Run” race, exhibits and sugarhouse tours, antiques, crafts, cooking demonstrations, youth talent, fiddlers’ shows, and a Grand Parade featuring teen “Maple Ambassadors.”
Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor Manchester NH March17-May5 A display at the Currier Museum of Art shows the striking duality of deadly weaponry and artistic beauty from the Samurai culture of centuries past.
New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival Deerfield NH May11-12 Each year the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival lines up a wide variety of presenters to help educate the public on everything sheep or wool related. Your family can take advantage of the many activities taking place throughout the weekend.
Hebron Fair Hebron NH July27 Over 100 craftsmen, pony rides, children's games, rummage, lunch with homemade baked bread, silent auction, on the picturesque Hebron Common.