Essex Junction, Vermont is a village located in the southwestern part of the town of Essex, in Chittenden County. It is just east of Burlington, minutes away from the University of Vermont and the Burlington International Airport.
Amtrak provides daily service to Essex Junction, operating its Vermonter line from St Albans, to Washington, DC. At one time, Essex Junction held the title of being the location of the busiest intersection in the state, with Routes 15, 2A and 117 forming what is known locally as "Five Corners" in the center of the Village, and railroad tracks that crossed all three routes within yards of the intersection. The "Busiest Intersection" in Vermont is now located at Williston Road and Dorset Street in South Burlington.
Essex Junction is home to the Champlain Valley Expo, a former dirt racetrack that has evolved into a large event field, with stadium seating for concerts, and multiple halls that can host a variety of indoor events. The 10-day Champlain Valley Fair, the state's largest fair, is the most notable event held at the Expo.
Notable residents of Essex Vermont include: Trey Anastasio, member of the band Phish; and Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child.
Nightmare Vermont is a unique Halloween event in the U.S., combining live stage combat, an original theatrical storyline, and all the best in interactive scares and special effects. The event has run in underground spaces and as part of other community events since 2004. Thousands of people enjoy the show every year and we’re looking forward to scaring your socks of in 2016. New This Year: Nightmare Vermont’s theme this year is a haunted dark circus. Our venue is the cavernous abandoned grandstand at the Champlain Valley Exposition. We have a big bag of tricks to play on patrons this year. Some of them so off-the-wall that we’ll need every ticket-buyer to sign a waiver to get in. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday the last two weeks of October.
The route will take you through Spookyville Manor, a mysterious old house with creepy secrets. Then it’s out into Spookyville Village, lit by hundreds of jack-o lanterns. Along the way, sneak into the classic stories of the season. The route will take you through Spookyville Manor, a mysterious old house with creepy secrets. Then it’s out into Spookyville Village, lit by hundreds of jack-o-lanterns. Along the way, sneak into the classic stories of the season. This year with Nightmare Before Spookyville all our favorite holidays are TWISTED! In order to save Halloween, everyone will have to work together and help Pumpkin Jack! Watch out for leprechauns and pilgrims, just to name a few!
The price of admission includes entry into The Vermont Antique Expo and Sale on the same weekend. A traditional favorite, this three day show is all under two adjoining roofs. Past shows included exhibits featuring woodworking, baskets, candles, fudge, pottery, photography, painting, sculpture, Americana, fudge, fiber, fashions, birdhouses, fragrances, florals, home and garden accessories, leather and sheepskin, fudge, dips and sauces, original music, hand blown and stained glass, calligraphy, gourmet specialties, live demonstrations, and more