It's all happening at the fair
After a successful debut last year, the second annual Wilton Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale will be held in Wilton Center on Saturday, July 20, from 10 to 4.
The event, presented by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, showcases a variety of retailers, restaurants, crafts, and civic organizations.
More than 70 merchants will set up along Old Ridgefield Road, with merchandise, food and drinks and information booths that highlight local organizations.
“We have a ton of crafters and local businesses that are participating,” said Janeen Leppert, executive director of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce.
Among the many vendors taking part will be Canine Fence Company, College Creamery, Mini Vinny’s, J Hilburn men’s clothing, Karate Universe, Conservatory of Dance, Outdoor Sports Center, Pirouette, Pilates, and More, The Sweetery, Wilton Hardware, Wilton Library, Yogapata, Witchy Poo, Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios, and People’s Bank. Some of them will have a presence in Wilton Center, while others, such as the library, will have a sidewalk sale at their location.
“Last year it was a huge success,” Ms. Leppert said. “We were so delighted with the turnout we had and the support from the community. We are hoping visitors get to see everything that Wilton has to offer. This year we’ve expanded and have lots for the kids to do. Our goal is to showcase the community and provide an outlet to celebrate our town.”
While the full schedule of events isn’t finalized, Ms. Leppert said there will be a yoga demonstration at the town green gazebo at 10:15, as well as zumba dancing from the Wilton YMCA. Other musical and kids’ events will be centered around the gazebo, including Uncle Zak on the ukulele at 11:45 and the band Wilton Steel.
First Selectman Bill Brennan will read a proclamation at 1:10 and a bagpiper will play.
A karate demonstration will follow at 1:30, along with music from Brett Steinberg and Brett Beatty.
Many of the events for the youngsters will be available at no charge with skee ball, alien pinball, ring toss, and tip-a-troll highlighting the games. Face painting and sand art creations will be a part of the fun for the children.
Many of the participating companies say they take part in the fair because they want the visibility for their company, but they also want to do something good for the community.
“We missed last year because we weren’t open yet,” said Tom Sato, owner of Wilton Hardware. “I walked it with my family and it looked like a lot of fun. It will get a lot of traffic from the community and is a great awareness thing. We will sell some items for fun and have a few giveaways. Hopefully we’ll meet some new faces, too.”
Then he added, with a laugh, “Hopefully the weather will be good.”
“We support what the Chamber of Commerce does,” said Will Maxwell, marketing director of Outdoor Sports Center. His store is one of the vendors that won’t be in Wilton Center, but they have a lot of visibility at their location on Route 7.
“We will have our own sidewalk sale at our store,” he said. “We have our entire selection of inventory — skis and snowboards to bike and boats, summer stuff, and apparel. It’s a big clearance for us — items as much as 70% off. All the North Face camping gear that we have will be at prices that we can’t advertise.”
With the street fair and sidewalk fair approaching, Ms. Leppert said there is still space available for vendors.
“It’s a great opportunity for visitors to learn about Wilton and the services the town has to offer,” she said.
For information or to sign up for a booth, call 203-762-0567.