Georgetown’s Main Street will be transformed into a street festival this Sunday, June 10, from noon to 6. The 10th annual Georgetown Day takes place there rain or shine.
The event features vendors, music, food, games for the kids, a raffle, beer tent, Chili Cook-off and much more. It is designed to re-create the village atmosphere of the Georgetown of long ago.
“Georgetown Day has become an annual ‘must attend event’ for people of all ages,” said Redding First Selectman Natalie Ketcham. “Residents should come early and stay late in order to enjoy all the events the day has to offer since it only comes but once a year.”
Main Street is closed during Georgetown Day because it is filled with hundreds of people and, this year, 90 vendors. Susan Jackson, a member of the Georgetown Day Committee, is in charge of vendors.
Among the vendors, she said, will be those selling jewelry, clothing, Japanese paper lanterns and glitter tattoos, button making, as well as a vendor selling items for pets.
Food vendors will have everything from Italian ices to lobster rolls, from hot dogs and kettle corn to fried dough and burritos. Restaurants on the street will be open as well, with some offering street-side food for sale.
One vendor will provide a drum circle at his booth while another will have tips on tree care. And many non-profit groups will have booths with information about their organizations.
Ms. Jackson said sometimes non profits ask for booths to be free or discounted, “but we are a non profit and volunteers, and the funds from Georgetown Day cover the event the following year.”
Ralph Bosch, president of Georgetown Village Restoration Inc., another sponsor, said people lose sight of the fact that there are so many worthy volunteer and charitable entities that the street could be filled with them. “If we didn’t charge, we couldn’t afford this event. Booth fees are part of the revenue from the event.”
“We do this so people will know Georgetown is here. It’s a way to get people together for enjoyment,” said Nancy Kincaid, a committee member.
Making return appearances to Georgetown Day will be a stilt walker and balloon animal maker. There will be a free ring toss, Skee ball and a striker machine. Most children’s activities are free.
The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department is offering a bungee jump trampoline, for which a fee will be charged. The department will also have its aerial tower truck on hand with an American flag flying high above the crowd.
Leslie Kohl from the fire department said her organization will be handing out items like coloring books and hats for the children. There are some new gift items this year, she said.
Mr. Bosch said the fire department provides “a lot of logistical support for the day,” such as fire police, traffic control, and EMTs. “We couldn’t do the event without them,” he said.
The Georgetown Lions Club, another sponsor, will be back with its beer tent, and this year the group is also sponsoring a raffle. The first prize is a $500 gift card to Amazon; the second, a week in Costa Rica for four people; third, $400 gift certificate to Ancona’s and Tusk & Cup; and fourth, a $200 gift certificate to Mason Supply.
“The club provides the insurance for the day, which is a big key for the day,” said Mr. Bosch.
One of the highlights of the day is the Chili Cook-Off run by the Georgetown Community Association, another event sponsor. Pat Hegnauer, association president, said she hopes to have 18 competitors for the cook-off, where the winner is determined by people’s choice judging.
In the past, the chili cooks have made chocolate chili, seafood chili, chicken chili, vegetarian chili and many other varieties.
The cook-off is from noon to 2:30. You pay for a spoon and a bowl and may sample all of the chilies. Serving the chili are employees from Fairfield County Bank and residents of Meadow Ridge.
The Georgetown Community Association is also providing a silent auction with donations from local businesses. Among the items, said Ms. Hegnauer, is a Tiffany pool table lamp, two big clocks, gift baskets and gift certificates.
Musical entertainment is a Georgetown Day favorite. This year an eclectic mix of music will be offered, including reggae, jazz, blue grass, blues, and rock ‘n roll. Two youth bands will also be performing. The music will be performed on two stages on each end of the street — the Blackbird Stage and the Saloon Stage.
A performance stage will be set up where the old barbershop used to stand. Here there will be things like martial arts demonstrations and dancer ensembles, a yoga demonstration, the Wilton Steel Band, a Weston acoustic group, and other acts.
Weir Farm is donating its shuttle bus to transport festival-goers for free from the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Arts Center on New Street. Parking is also available on Old Mill Road, the Professional Center off Route 107, the Georgetown Bible Church, Georgetown Caraluzzi’s and North Main Street. Fire police will be directing traffic to parking areas.
The day begins with the Georgetown Gallop, sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the Wilton Family Y. There is an adult race and a kids’ fun run. Call 203-762-0567 for information.
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.