Five years of the Street Fair & Sidewalk Sale
Old Ridgefield Road will be closed from Center Street to Godfrey Place when the Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale returns for its fifth year on Saturday, July 16.
“That’s all fair. It’s all booths up and down the street,” Chamber Executive Director Debra Hanson told The Bulletin. “It’s a fun-filled day of shopping, entertainment, and activities, and we’re really looking forward to it,”
The annual showcase of businesses and organizations, sponsored this year by Kimco Realty, Pet Pantry and Blue Buffalo, will take place in Wilton Center from 10 to 4, along with Wilton Library’s Summer Book Sale. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the library.
Hanson said the Wilton Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale is a rain-or-shine event, and that vendors would be smart to set up tents to protect themselves from any weather and to display their signs.
In addition to exhibits from various local and regional vendors, there will be events and entertainment, including a bouncy house and obstacle course in the Stop & Shop parking lot.
There will be numerous activities and live demonstrations from places like the Norwalk River Rowing Association and Karate Universe centered around the Wilton Town Green gazebo.
Children’s activities will include a live petting zoo, a magician, face painting and balloon characters from Mr. Bungles.
“Bright Horizons is going to be really involved this year,” Hanson said. “That parking lot will be filled with a lot of kids’ and family activities.”
Guiding Eyes will set up their Puppy Kissing Booth. The Chamber is planning to hold dog competitions and a pet caricaturist will be available for doggie doodles. This year, people are welcome to bring their pets.
The Wilton Fire Department will come with one of its fire trucks for “Touch a Truck.”
Attendees will be able to get lunch from food trucks Boothbay Lobster Co. and Chef Jeff’s BBQ, and the College Creamery ice cream truck will join.
“The Wilton Kiwanis Club is going to be doing burgers, hot dogs, beer and french fries,” Hanson said.
Hanson said the annual Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale is a popular event in town, and that attendance is not usually limited to local shoppers.
“We get a lot of regional traffic,” Hanson said. “They’ll come from Darien, New Canaan, and Ridgefield.”
That traffic is why the Chamber continues the Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale five years running.
“We’re promoting business in Wilton, and we continue to do that by creating events like this that will attract shoppers to the businesses that are here,” Hanson said.
The following exhibitors have signed up for this year’s event:
- A Single Strand
- Art Just Art
- B Chic
- Boothbay Lobster Co.
- Bright Horizons
- Canine Company
- College Creamery
- Cooks Nook
- Doctor’s Express
- Empire Air
- FADS Ridgefield LLC
- Got Meals LLS
- Hager Health & Natural Wellness Center and Wilton Chiropractic
- Hillside Cemetery
- Jeffs BBQ & Catering LLC
- JL Craft & Design
- JuiceSmash / Superfoods
- Just Jewelry & Boutique
- Karate Universe
- Kimco Realty Corporation
- Kiwanis Club of Wilton
- Laconia Greek Products
- Macaroni Kid
- Madeleine Reine Designs
- Melt Mobile
- Music on the Hill (WEPCO)
- Norwalk Hospital
- OM Pajamas / Madurai Charitable Trust USA
- Premier Designs
- Pretty Clever
- Renewal by Anderson
- Sand Art Party
- Signature Style
- Soulbyrd Therapies LLC / NYR Organic
- Sport Hill Honey Farm LLC
- Stay at Home in Wilton
- Stella and Dot
- Steve Demasco’s Shaolin Studios
- Visiting Nurse and Hospice
- Wave Hill Breads
- Westy Self Storage
- Wild Things by Olivia
- Wilton Bulletin
- Wilton Center Travel
- Wilton Dance Studio
- Wilton Democratic Town Committee
- Wilton Go Green
- Wilton Hardware
- Wilton Library
- Winter Garden Ice Arena
- Zion’s Hill Preschool Program
For more information on the Wilton Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale, call the Chamber of Commerce at 203-762-0567.
“Wilton is a nice residential community with a very nice downtown shopping area, with businesses and restaurants, and this is a chance for everybody to get out together at one time,” Hanson said.
“It’s an opportunity in the summer months, when people are relaxed and school’s out, to share some fun outdoors,” she said.