Out & About Information and Resources for Participating Businesses

This page is a resource for businesses participating in Out & About in Essex and may continue to be updated. Please check back often and refer to it for materials and forms. The Town and the Village are excited about assisting local businesses as Vermont reopens.  We are happy to be working with you!

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Important Dates

September 15

Deadline to submit weekend specials, discounts, featured entertainment, etc. to be included in the printed Out & About brochure. Submit to Out & About Email.

October 2 & 3

Out & About in Essex!

October 29

Deadline to submit gift vouchers for reimbursement. Deliver to Essex Recreation at 75 Maple St., Essex Junction.



Submitting Gift Vouchers

Once the event is over, complete the submission form and bring your collected vouchers to the Essex Recreation office to receive a reimbursement for the value of the vouchers you received.

  1. Complete the submission form by clicking "Submit your Gift Vouchers", below.
  2. Bring the gift vouchers you received to the Essex Recreation office at 75 Maple Street, Essex Junction between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday until October 29th. Special arrangements outside of these hours can be made by calling 878-1376 or emailing recreation@ejrp.org.  The deadline for submission is October 29.  Once it is determined that everything is received and your paperwork is in order, the Essex Finance Department will mail you a check for reimbursement.
  3. Contact Out & About if you have any questions.

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Participating Businesses Q & A

What are gift vouchers?
Out & About gift vouchers are laminated cards issued to Essex households for use at participating businesses during the event weekend of Oct. 2 & 3. Some (not all) gift vouchers may be printed with an Out & About sponsor logo on the back. Please see the photo for an example of what the vouchers look like. Paper vouchers are not valid and should not be accepted.  After the event, participating businesses submit the vouchers they received back to us, and we will reimburse businesses for the amount returned. 

Gift vouchers exampleHow many vouchers do residents receive?
Residents can receive two vouchers (one for $10 and one for $5) totaling $15. Households have a limit of $15 total. There is a limited supply. 

Where do residents get vouchers?
Essex residents can bring a proof of residency (such as a driver's license, tax bill or utility bill) and pick up their vouchers at the Essex Recreation office at 75 Maple Street, Essex Junction. Hours are between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. Special arrangements outside of these hours can be made by calling 878-1376 or emailing recreation@ejrp.org.. Booths will be set up at three different locations during the event.  More details are available on the Out & About in Essex page.

What if a person using a voucher doesn't spend the entire amount?
You do not need to give change back for any amount not spent on merchandise/services. 

Are there restrictions on what the gift vouchers can be used for? Yes, there are restrictions. Gift vouchers cannot be used to purchase alcohol or tobacco and vaping products.

What do I do with the gift vouchers after the event?
Complete the submission form (can be submitted online and/or printed) and IRS W-9 form (can be submitted online and/or printed) and bring your collected vouchers to the Essex Recreation office at 75 Maple Street, Essex Junction between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday until October 29th. Special arrangements outside of these hours can be made by calling 878-1376 or emailing recreation@ejrp.org.  The deadline for submission is October 29.  Once it is determined that everything is received and your paperwork is in order, the Essex Finance Department will mail you a check for reimbursement.

What will the committee do with the products/services/gift certificates I donate to Out & About?
All participating businesses are asked to donate a product, services or gift certificate to the Out & About committee. The committee will use donated items for various raffles and incentives to encourage the public to attend and to share information about the event. 

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Photo courtesy: Annie Cooper