This is something that we hadn’t known about before: Springfield, Vermont has its own Steampunk Festival! The event will be held later this year, but it’s worth putting on the calendar.
Here’s what the website says about how it came to be:
The Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival started as a Facebook group of like-minded Steampunk fans just sharing Steampunk photos and thoughts. The talk turned to the possibility of a Steampunk Festival and that talk turned into the real thing – The Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival. Steampunk takes its inspiration from science fiction writers of the Victorian age, namely Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The fantasy worlds created by these authors combined with our present day knowledge of science and technology drives Steampunk imagination. A futuristic Victorian Age where technology is powered by steam rather than electricity.
The event will be held later this year on September 11th through the 13th: admission will run you $65 at the door, $50 in advance, with a bazaar, and a number of other events that will be announced in the near future.
This is pretty cool, and it fits nicely into the legacy of the region: as the website notes, the Precision Valley was once an industrial powerhouse in the young United States:
Springfield Vermont is in an area called Precision Valley. Once a bustling industrial age town, Springfield was known far and wide for its gear shaper, tool, spindle and grinder factories. Springfield and the Precision Valley have a rich history of industry and innovation. That’s why we are turning Springfield into the Steampunk Capital of Vermont!