Carnival opens this weekend

The annual Wilton Rotary Carnival — an end-of-summer staple for more than two decades — will open on Friday, Sept. 20, on Route 7 near the Wilton High School tennis courts. It will continue through Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22.

The carnival will mark its 24th anniversary with rides, games, and food. Hours are Friday night from 6 to 10, Saturday from noon to 10, and Sunday from noon to 5. Wristbands may be purchased for $25 for an unlimited number of rides during the following time periods:

• Friday, 6 to 10;

• Saturday, noon to 5;

• Saturday, 5 to 10;

• Sunday, noon to 5.

Wristbands purchased for Saturday afternoon will be valid for that time period only, and different-colored wristbands will be issued for Saturday evening.

The Burrito Shack and the College Creamery ice cream truck will provide food.

Tufano Amusement Company of Cheshire, which has been in business 24 years, will once again provide the rides. The company has been associated with the Wilton Rotary carnival for some 20 years.

The carnival is one of the Wilton Rotary’s main fund-raising activities, and proceeds will benefit a wide range of local and international causes, including support of Wilton Commons, Senior Protection Plan, the fuel assistance program, Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council, Interfaith Housing, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, the Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Social Services, SPED*NET, and Polio Plus, which is a global effort by Rotary clubs to eradicate polio.