The Newfane Church holds only one major fund raiser a year in order to supplement the support provided by members and friends – and that is the Heritage Festival. The Newfane Heritage Festival is an all volunteer event that has been in existence since 1970.

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This continuing presence of the Newfane Heritage Festival is possible because the church’s 65+ members are encouraged and supported by an additional 200+ volunteers. They come from within the community and throughout the Northeast, some from distant places, returning home for their annual pilgrimage to help with Heritage Festival. Our faithful volunteers can be found flipping hamburgers, slicing pie, popping popcorn, emptying trash, peeling apples, rolling dough, moving tables and chairs, and doing the hundreds of other jobs required to make this fund-raiser a success.

This signature event enables the church to give generously to community organizations that address the medical, physical, and social needs of people in the community. Included in this local mission giving is:

Grace Cottage Hospital
Valley Cares
SEVCA Fuel Assistance
Groundworks Collaborative
Newbrook Fire Department
Brattleboro Hospice
                                                      Women’s Freedom Center                                                              Townshend Food Shelf
Winston Prouty Center
NewBrook Elementary School After-school "L’After" Program

Susu CommUnity Farm

West River Valley Thrives

Additionally, the funds raised for the church through Heritage Festival allow the church to cover its expenses and to open its building to a wide range of community uses including:

Senior meal served monthly
Newfane Bell Ensemble
“Sew Whats” sewing group
The Linus Quilters
Ladies Aid Society monthly meetings
Decemberfest Celebration
Weekly Al-Anon meetings
Small group trainings
Support Groups

The church also supports the wider mission of the United Church of Christ (UCC), including nationwide as well as global areas of concern and needs.

Thanks to the thousands of visitors who wander about the Common, eat lunch in the Church Outdoor Food Tent, try their luck at the Super Raffle, take home a home-made pie, and have a good time at one of southeastern Vermont’s premier events during Vermont’s most colorful season.

No Dogs, Please! Dogs have become an increasing problem at the Festival. 

For the comfort and safety of your fellow visitors, please do not bring your dog.