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21st Annual Vermont International Festival

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -

There's still plenty of time to check off gifts on that Christmas list. The 21st Annual Vermont International Festival has something for everyone.

The event began at the Champlain Valley Exposition as a show for Russian handcrafts. It has grown to more than 60 craft vendors and 15 food vendors. Community booths were also available to share information about international exchange programs. Shoppers could find everything from Yoga mats from South America to jewelry from Tibet. Organizers say the festival is not only a great way to finish up that holiday shopping, but, to also shop locally.

"It's the difference between buying a factory product elsewhere and buying handmade products from elsewhere. These are all people just like us who have chosen to be artisans and that's who is represented here," said artistic director Ben Bergstein. 

The festival will also be open to visitors Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

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