Spartan, Fairytales, & Whoopie Pies

KPAA Community Message 
September 15, 2023

“The phrase I can’t doesn’t mean anything to me because through my efforts I have learned that anything is possible” – Joe De Sena, Spartan Founder 

Photo Credit: Spartan Website

It’s a busy weekend and it looks like the weather will be perfect for all the multiple events that are taking place! Spartan racers have made their way into town for the North American Championship Weekend. Challenging themselves with everything from a Hurricane Heat to the Ultra 50K with 60 Obstacles. Our mountain is for those who consider themselves to be among the baddest of the East! Did you know, this is where the Spartan Race was born? Joe De Sena put his home of Pittsfield,VT on the map when he started his endurance races with the Death Race in 2007. He then proceeded to found the Spartan Race with his motto of a commitment to courage and the mission to conquer any challenge put in one’s path. This year, Killington is home to the 2023 North American Championship Race, where the best Age Group racers, including kids, battle it out on the Beast course. Cheers to all who challenge themselves to push past their limits!

If you see your favorite Fairytale character or a random Viking out and about this weekend, follow them to The Vermont Fairytale Festival at the library on Saturday. This event was started as a way for Vermont Libraries all across the state to come together and showcase all they do in their communities. Each library sponsors a booth about a particular Fairytale and shares the story through puppets, music, storytelling, and more. The day includes the Viking encampment and training – complete with live sword fighting (not recommended for the littles 4 & under!) face painting, sno-cones, crafts for the kids, the “fun flush” and plenty of vendors. This event is truly a family favorite!

Photo Credit: Dream Makers Bakers

Don’t forget to make your way to downtown Rutland for the 2nd Annual Whoopie Pie Festival! Our very own Megan Wagner and her team at Dream Maker’s Bakers will be going for the record of a 700-pound Whoopie Pie. Merchant’s Row turns green so kids can enjoy a Ga Ga Pit, Dunk Tank, and Yoga!  An all-day extravaganza with food trucks, music, and fun!

The Karr Group hosts the first annual K Cup Golf Tournament on September 20th. This tournament honors Jim Fiore, a lifelong member of the Killington community and a dedicated member of the Killington Fire Department. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fiore Scholarship Fund, set up to further education for anyone wishing to pursue a career in firefighting. Click here if you have Wednesday free and can volunteer. Free lunch provided!

Expect next weekend to be equally as busy with the Fox US Open for Mountain Biking taking place.

Have a great weekend!

Kelly, Beth, and the KPAA Team

Kelly MorrisseyKPAA Director
Beth Sarandrea

KPAA Board President802-422-5722 (welcome center)