Georgetown Day is this Sunday

Main Street will be filled with street vendors, food booths, musical acts and more on Sunday, June 8, meaning only one thing — the 12th annual Georgetown Day.

Ralph Bosch, co-chair of the planning committee, said everything is coming together and they are hoping for good weather.

From noon to 6, residents are invited by the event volunteers, Georgetown Village Restoration Inc., The Georgetown Lions Club, Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department and the Georgetown Community Association to eat, dance, mingle and shop.

“It’s the same event as prior years. The street will be full of vendors and there will be plenty of food choices, both from restaurants on the street and outside vendors,” said Mr. Bosch.

Again this year there will be a chili cookoff starting at noon until the chili runs out. 

“We should have 15 to 20 cooks,” he said.

The Georgetown Lions Club, a sponsor of the event, will run the beer tent and the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department will have a handful of attractions including a bounce house and its ladder truck.

Mr. Bosch said a new possible attraction this year is a game setup by the fire department that will allow people to use the fire hose, on a reduced flow, to hit targets cross the brook.

That, along with many other games, are good for children, he said.

The silent auction will also be returning this year.

Wire Mill BBQ, Lombardis, Aranci 67, Uncle Leo’s, and the Georgetown Saloon will be offering food and drinks in some capacity, he said. This year, though, Georgetown Liquor will be closed.

Lumberyard Pub is also getting in on the action with an outdoor bar and grill, $2 beer cans, and a special kids’ inflatable. 

Making its return to the street festival is a dunk tank, said Mr. Bosch.

Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton has volunteered to get dunked for charity, she said.

“I’m happy to do it,” she said. “I’m always up for a fun way to help a nonprofit raise funds for a good cause.”

Ms. Pemberton said she hopes she is not alone and other people from the surrounding towns will volunteer as well.

Of the 90 vendors that will participate, Susan Jackson, one of the organizers, said many are return vendors.

“Some of our vendors have been coming since our first year like Giggles Kettlecorn, J&S Sales, Melody Lane Jewelry, Oliver Green, Sparkease Tie Dye, Venture Photography and Yan Yan. It is always nice to look forward to seeing people whom you have worked with and seen yearly for so long. We have many new vendors and this year many local vendors and we hope that we are beginning long relationships with these vendors as well,” said Ms. Jackson.

Musical entertainment will be provided all day on two separate stages.

On the Blackbird Stage, at 28 Main Street at Sparklicious, Steve Blum will perform jazz music from noon to 1; folk and bluegrass band Yippee Coyote from 1:10 to 2:10; Symphonic Bodega 2:20 to 3:20; Three Legged Dog will play Americana from 3:50 to 4:50; and HotBox will close out the day from 5 to 6.

The acoustic stage, at the end of Main Street by Route 57, will feature Jen Ackerly & Friend from noon to 1; Wilton Steel Community Band 1:15 to 2:15; Scott Elliot 2:30 to 3:30; The Wool Hats string band, 3:45 to 4:45; and the Kurt and Helen Band will close out the acoustic stage from 5 to 6.

Sacred Heart Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church will also take part.

Sacred Heart Church was built in 1881 as more Catholics moved to Georgetown. The church plans on having some events during Georgetown Day and also plans on having sweets available.

Members of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be in charge of a booth on Main Street. They will serve baked goods as well as coffee, iced coffee, lemonade, water and soda. Children may also participate in the lollipop tree game. A portion of the church booth’s proceeds will go to the Connecticut Food Bank.

Landmark Preschool and Sparklicious, Georgetown’s newest business, are teaming to create activities for children. Children may stop by the tents for free and low-cost activities, including bubbles, painting, candy art, sensory play and more. Parents may enter for a chance to win a free week of Camp Landmark or a session of Summer Story Time at Landmark Preschool. Sparklicious will give away a signature sparkly manicure and pedicure package to one winner.

“Landmark Preschool is excited to have a new neighbor that offers such wonderful crafts, parties and glamorous activities for our families. We look forward to partnering with Sparklicious for a great afternoon in Georgetown,” said Kimberly Swabsin, director of admissions at Landmark Preschool’s Redding Campus.

Kristin McGuinness opened her new store, Sparklicious, at the end of May and is looking forward to participating in the celebration. “Sparklicious is honored to join Landmark Preschool and be a part of historic Georgetown Day. We thank Landmark for welcoming us into the community and can’t wait to meet everyone and add a little sparkle to Georgetown.”

Sponsors of Georgetown Day include Fairfield County Bank, All Season Party & Tent Rentals, Performance Landex LLC, Auburn Landing Inc., Bruce Bennett Nissan, Caraluzzi’s Market, 19 Main, Winter Brothers, Aranci 67, Daniel Conlon Architects, Georgetown Automotive, Georgetown Saloon, Georgetown School of the Arts, Knapp’s Militaria, Rancho Alegre Mexican Restaurant, Weir Farm and Wire Mill BBQ.