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Celebrating autumn in the NEK

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. -

Residents made their way to downtown St. Johnsbury to welcome in the new season.

"Today, you can't beat this," says Don Rowan.

"It's a wonderful time to celebrate the place that we live, our objective is to bring people into the community and celebrate what we have," says Kimberly White of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber.

The Colors of the Kingdom Autumn festival brings together 40 vendors to share everything from arts and crafts to delicious desserts with the community.

"We have a lot of peanut butter, a lot of chocolate chip, and we have quite a few no nuts."

The Methodist Church cookie walk is just one of the many fundraisers Saturday and these cookies are going fast.

"Methodist women are the best cooks in the world. There," said one of the organizers of the cookie walk

And there's plenty more to try.

"The ice cream was really good," says Riley Taylor.

The shoe box auction is another non profit and helps bring the festival back year after year.

"All of our vendors, our arts and crafts vendors, have donated one item from their stall and we're selling raffle tickets," says White.

And the fun doesn't stop there...

"We have an old fashioned train, each train can sit over 250 people, and it's about an hour and a half ride and our last three train rides have all sold out so there's been a lot of people riding the train today," says White.

Throughout the day, residents also enjoyed live music.  With everything from train rides to pancake breakfast, Saturday's celebration is a great way to welcome in the new season.

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