As a resident of New Hampshire, living just a spit away from the old Green Mountain State (assuming I have the salivary power to launch one across the Connecticut River), I can assure you that the good people of the Granite State regard Vermonters as something of a freakish lot, what with their tendency to elect Socialists to Congress and all. 1998's Vermont Senatorial challenger Fred Tuttle, grizzled, folksy star of the indie film "The Man With a Plan" was a refreshing change to this. There is also the annual reggae festival, but since I am partial to the Jamaican sound, I perhaps should not mention it.

I will point out that Vermont hosts the World's Fair every September in Tunbridge. Really. It's a major hoot, and I recommend it highly, not the least for its demolition derby, livestock contests, and displays of the most modern farming equipment on the market. I hear it was better back in the old days when they featured cheap, carnival-like girlie shows.