Top Ten Events

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce each year hosts the Vermont Top Ten Events contest for Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Top Ten Event Application forms


Top 10 Event Submission Requirements

Your event qualifies if it is:
  • open to the public
  • appeals to out-of-state visitors and
  • attracts a large and diverse audience (including children).


The events submitted must occur between the following time frames:
  • Top Ten Winter: November 1 - March 31
  • Top Ten Summer: April 1 - August 31
  • Top Ten Fall: September 1 - October 31


Is your event a contender for the Top Ten List?

An independent panel of judges considers criteria such as:
  • Size and past audience of the event and room for growth within the event.
  • Complete and timely application by the event coordinator.
  • Geographic and seasonal date distribution relative to other events. 
  • Top Ten award winners are chosen to represent, as a whole, the variety of experiences that define Vermont, such as celebrations of arts, history, agriculture, gardening, community, recreation, and so on...


Benefits of Being a Top 10 Event

  • Winners have access to the signature Top Ten logo, as well as additional marketing opportunities.
  • Certificates are awarded to ten winners in each seasonal category.
  • Top Ten contest winners, their descriptions, and photos, are prominently featured in the Vermont Winter Vacation Guide (circulation 100,000) or the Vermont Vacation Guide for Summer/Fall (circulation 200,000).  Published by the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council, these guides are the official travel guides of the State of Vermont, fulfilling all inquiries to 1-800-VERMONT and the website of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, www.VermontVacation.com.
  • Top Ten winners also appear on the Vermont Chamber's highly visited online events calendar at www.VisitVT.com, and in the Vermont Chamber’s Country Inns and B & Bs brochure.


Application Process and Forms:





Top 10 Winter Events

PDF of all Top 10 Winter 2013/2014 Events

Event DateApptEvent Name
11/28/2014   Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum
11/28/2014   Manchester Merriment
12/6/2014   Country Christmas Open House & Holiday Paint-In
12/6/2014   Christmas in Weston
12/31/2014   First Night Burlington
1/17/2015   Stowe Winter Carnival
2/14/2015   Montshire Igloo Build
2/27/2015   20th Annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend
3/20/2015   Green Mountain Film Festival

 




Top 10 Summer Events

PDF of all Top 10 Summer 2014 Events

Event DateApptEvent Name
7/25/2014   Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival
8/1/2014   Vermont Festival of the Arts
8/7/2014   Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
8/31/2014   New World Festival at Chandler

 



Top 10 Fall Events

PDF of all Top 10 Fall 2014 Events

Event DateApptEvent Name
9/1/2014   Killington Hay Festival
9/11/2014   Tunbridge World's Fair
9/13/2014   Vermont Golden Honey Festival
9/18/2014   The St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration
9/27/2014   Peru Fair
10/3/2014   Stowe Rotary's Oktoberfest
10/4/2014   Pumpkin & Apple Celebration at Billings Farm & Museum
10/4/2014   Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
10/11/2014   17th Annual Mount Snow Okoberfest
10/12/2014   Dog Mountain's Fall Dog Party