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Gearing up for Georgetown Day

The 10th annual Georgetown Day is just a few months away, and the planning committee is already at work. This year’s event is Sunday, June 10, rain or shine, from 10 to 6 on Georgetown’s Main Street.

The intent behind the day has remained unchanged, said Ralph Bosch, Georgetown Village Restoration Inc. (GVRI) president. The idea is to provide a taste of what Georgetown used to be, he explained, pointing to parades and softball teams, picnics and all the other events that made the village a community.

Georgetown Day was inspired 10 years ago by the 75th anniversary of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department. “All of us were asked to help, and it was such a success, such a fit for Georgetown,” Mr. Bosch recalled, that it has continued.

Sponsors are GVRI, the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, the Georgetown Lions Club, and the Georgetown Community Association.

And although it is not an official sponsor, the YMCA of Wilton is represented each year. The Y sponsors a road race down Old Mill Road during the morning of Georgetown Day.

Main Street is closed to traffic each Georgetown Day as hundreds check out the estimated 90 vendors offering everything from jewelry to clothing, and there is a variety of food for sale, both at food booths on the street and by local restaurants. Music and entertainment are a big part of the day’s events.

Mr. Bosch said there would be two stages on each end of the street again this year — the Blackbird Stage and the Saloon Stage.

“We’re trying to blend an eclectic bunch of musicians with music like reggae, jazz, blue grass, blues and rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. A couple of kids bands have also been booked this year, he added.

A performance stage will be added where the old barbershop used to stand. Here, there will be things like martial arts demonstrations and dancers and a variety of other acts. The stilt walker and “balloon guy” are expected to return.

There will once again be a chili cook-off and the Lions Club will have its beer tent. The silent auction will be back, as will the fire department with its fire apparatus and demonstrations. There is face painting and the bounce house for the younger set plus many other activities.

The headline sponsor for this event is Fairfield County Bank.

All local vendors and chili cooks are invited to join in the event.

If interested in becoming an exhibitor or cook this year, download an application from georgetownct.org or contact GVRI@optonline.net.

If interested in competing in the chili cook-off, contact Pat at 203-544-8500. Cooks are limited so early sign-ups are recommended.

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