2006 Expo Special Events CalendarGives Advance Look at Fun EventsFall Antique Show on VT ChambersTop 10 List for Second YearESSEX JUNCTION, Vt.- A new special events brochure, outlining the dates of more than 50-plus major shows and festivals at the Champlain Valley Exposition, is now available.Its the perfect way to get a jumpstart on your plans for the year, according to Stephen Mease, Director of Public Relations for CVE. This is especially helpful for families who want to know whats happening when during the busy summer months. Its also a handy tool for local businesses, hotels and restaurants to use as they plan for regional events like the craft shows, trade organization meetings and music festivals at the Exposition.The brochure describes the Expositions newly expanded Robert E. Miller Expo Center, which includes 100,000 sq-feet of air-conditioned indoor exhibit and meeting space, and other amenities such as camping, parking, special event catering that are available at the Champlain Valley Exposition facilities.This year will be busier than ever with the addition of two major events moving to Essex Junction The Vermont Flower Show on Feb. 24-26 and the Vermont Quilt Festival on July 29-July 2. Were excited for these shows and others that are taking advantage of the modern facilities and ample parking the Expo offers, Mease said. Some favorite shows at the Expo are also returning bigger and better in 2006:· April 29-30: Everything Equine Expo – a weekend show for horse lovers of all levels. Tickets on sale in February.· June 2-4: Vermont Balloon and Music Festival, Start the summer with a 3-day festival named a 2005 Top Ten Summer Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, featuring concerts, Balloon rides and launches, evening balloon glow, carnival rides and more.· August 26-September 4: The 85th Champlain Valley Fair Vermonts largest agricultural and entertainment event. Stay tuned for announcements about the Grandstand Concert series.· September 22-24: The NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals.· October 7-8: The Champlain Valley Antiques Festival the states largest antique show named a Top Ten Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row.Copies of the new Special Events 2006 brochure are available at tourist centers, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets in Northern Vermont. Information and event updates are also available at www.cvfair.com(link is external) or by calling (802) 878-5545.