Wilton Winter Carnival provides wintry fun in return to town

WILTON — Despite some frigid temperatures in the air, hundreds of residents were still drawn to the town center for the return of the Wilton Winter Carnival on Sunday.

Presented by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, along with several business sponsors, the event featured various craft tables, interactive vendors, ponies and a horse-drawn wagon for rides and lots of happy spirits.

“I love it,” said Bill Covitz, owner of Cheshire-based Ice Matters, who comes to the event each year to do his extremely detailed ice sculpture demonstrations.

“There’s a lot of activity going on,” he said, noting how much it has grown in just the last five years he has participated. “It’s really nice.”

Activities centered around the Town Green, with a circle of action busy and bustling around the town’s gazebo that sits in the center of the lawn.

Up the road, the Wilton Rotary Club coordinated a fire for both roasting marshmallows and providing warmth for a few bundled community members.

“This is the best place to be because we’ve got the fire going (and) we get to see people in the middle of winter,” said Bill Meehan of Wilton, throwing on another log to keep the flames glowing.

“At least we’ve got some sunshine,” he said. “No snow, no ice.”

Others rejoiced at the clear skies, including Debbie Crawford of Wilton.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Crawford said. “The sun is out and we get to enjoy things with other people.”

She added that it was nice to have the event hosted in town for her and her neighbors to attend.

Likewise, Erin Gao of Wilton was thrilled with the chance to get outside of her home with her family.

“I’m just really glad that they do this, especially in the winter when everyone is stuck inside,” she said.

After getting her face painted by a specialist from Sidekick Events of West Haven, Wilton resident Sophie Froehlich, 8, shared her thoughts about the carnival.

“It’s really, really fun,” she said. “I think that the activities are cool and I really like the horse rides.”