Georgetown Day serves up music, chili and more on Sunday
Georgetown’s Main Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic this Sunday, June 9, but not to foot traffic, as the street becomes a beehive of activity for all ages.
This 11th annual street festival runs from noon to 6 and takes place rain or shine. The event features vendors, music, food, games for the kids, a beer tent, chili cook-off, silent auction and much more. It is designed to re-create the village atmosphere of the Georgetown of long ago.
“We’d like everyone to come down,” said Ralph Bosch, president of Georgetown Village Restoration Inc., one of the event’s sponsors. “We’d like to think this event is a reminder of what Georgetown used to be, with softball games, parades … when it was its own village. It hearkens back to that era. This is what got us started and keeps us going.”
Susan Jackson, a member of the Georgetown Day Committee, said more than 70 vendors will be found along Main Street. Offerings includes jewelry, Peruvian imports, tie-dyed clothing, pottery, glassware, children’s and women’s wear and much more.
Civic groups, nonprofits and others will also be lining the street, from political town committees to a Weir Farm booth to the Norwalk River Valley Association.
Ms. Jackson said there will also be bracelet and button making, face painting and glitter tattoos.
The Georgetown Lions Club, another event sponsor, will be back with its beer tent, and there will be kettle corn for sale, as well as other treats at food booths.
There will also be a bungee jump trampoline, for which a fee will be charged, cars from Bruce Bennett Nissan, a Vietnam-era helicopter, and children’s activities.
The Wilton Chamber of Commerce is providing kids’ games and street entertainment throughout the day from Mr. Bungles balloon animals and a stiltwalker.
The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, an event sponsor, will have fire trucks on display for all to view.
A highlight of the day is the Chili Cook-Off, which takes place in front of Blackbird Yoga. The Georgetown Community Association uses this event as a fund-raiser. Pat Hegnauer, association president, said there will be as many as 20 cooks in the competition, including a number of returning restaurants and amateur cooks.
In the past, the chili cooks have made chocolate chili, seafood chili, vegetarian chili and many other varieties. The cook-off is from noon till 2:30 or 3 — whenever the chili samples are gone. You pay $10 for a spoon and a bowl and may sample all of the chilies. Serving the chili are employees from Fairfield County Bank. Those who pay to taste vote to chose the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Winning chilies will be announced at the Blackbird stage around 3:20.
Another highlight is the Silent Auction sponsored by the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center. Ms. Hegnauer said the auction takes up three tents this year. Auction items include original art work, new items, antiques, gift baskets, gift certificates and much more, Ms. Hegnauer said.
Music, from jazz, blue grass, rock ‘n’ roll to free-range acoustics — includin a performance by Wilton Steel — will be offered from noon to 6 on two stages, one at each end of Main Street.
Weir Farm is once again donating its shuttle bus to transport festival-goers for free. The bus will run in a loop from the Gilbert and Bennett Cultural Center to Georgetown Caraluzzi’s lot and Meadow Ridge. Parking is also available on Old Mill Road, the Professional Center off Route 107, the Georgetown Bible Church and Georgetown Caraluzzi’s lot. There will be directed parking on North Main Street and at the former Gilbert & Bennett factory. Fire police and members of Redding’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be directing traffic to parking areas. There will be limited parking for the handicapped in the lot at the corner of Route 57 and Main Street.
Before the festival begins, the Wilton Chamber sponsors its annual Georgetown Gallop 5K Road Race, which begins at 11, with check-in at 10:15 outside Mini Vinny’s Deli. The Pony Express Kids Fun Run follows the gallop.
Entry fee for the 5K is $20 which includes a T-shirt. The Kids K is $5 with everyone receiving a participation medal. Online registration may be made through active.com or the chamber website wiltonchamber.com. For information, call the chamber office at 203-762-0567.
Not only is it Georgetown Day but the 86th anniversary of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Bosch explained that when the fire department made plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary, his group volunteered to help. Now Georgetown Day is an annual June event.