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At Issue: Foliage season competition

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There are parts of Vermont hitting peak foliage this weekend. This year, things started off slow. Add to that big competition from other states and Vermont decided to step up its game, declaring its foliage as the world's best.

Julie Kelley caught up with Mike Snyder, Vermont's foliage guru and the commissioner of forests, parks and rec and Laura Peterson from the tourism department to get their take on the season.

Some fast facts:

 - Northeast Kingdom is 80-95% peak color this weekend with some spots at peak

- The spine of the Green Mountains is also close to peak

- After delay because of warm weather, back on track to start hitting peak for Columbus Day weekend, which is traditionally the best time to view the colors

- Orleans County great spot for viewing especially if you like different kinds of scenery including farm fields, streams and forests

- Recommends seeing the foliage from a canoe or a hike to be "in" it rather than just looking at it

- #worldsbestfoliage campaign in direct response to push from Michigan and Arizona to entice visitors from Vermont

- weekend bookings are almost at 100% according to tourism officials, with just a little availability during mid week

Snyder says in the last week, the Stowe Valley and Worcester Range have really popped with colors. Don't forget to use #leafies and #worldsbestfoliage when you send us your photos!

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