"The Bachelor" coming to Manchester's Main Street Dec. 5

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MANCHESTER — The Vermont Production Council announced early Tuesday morning that the ABC reality show "The Bachelor" will be coming to Manchester on Tuesday, Dec. 5 for their "Winter Games Arrival Celebration."

The celebration will take place on Manchester's Main Street starting at 9 a.m., with check-in to be held in the Rite Aid parking lot that morning. Interested participants can pre-register between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2 at Stratton Magazine's office at 4858 Main Street between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

According to a flyer posted on Facebook by the Vermont Production Council the celebration will "kick off the first ever `Bachelor Winter Games'" with an "arrival celebration parade" featuring

"Bachelor nation favorites [and] Bachelors and Bachelorettes from across the globe as they prepare for winter competitions [and] a journey to love."

Locals in attendance are encouraged to wear their favorite national team attire, according to the flyer, and anyone under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present. Anyone wishing to appear on camera will need to sign an appearance release in order to attend.

At the Nov. 7 meeting of the Manchester Selectboard Phil Gilpin Jr., director of the Independent Television and Film Festival (ITVFest) and member of the Vermont Production Council, announced that a "major network TV shoot" would be coming to Manchester in early December. In August, "The Bachelor" announced that it would be filming its spin-off "Bachelor: Winter Games" in Vermont — though they did not specify where in Vermont production would take place at that time.

Reach Cherise Madigan at cmadigan@manchesterjournal.com, or by phone at 802-490-6471.

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