Wilton marks arrival of summer with festival

Photo by JESSIE SALISBURY Wilton’s Main Street was transformed into a street fair that attracted hundreds of visitors on a nice day for the town’s Summerfest on June 24.

WILTON – Summerfest, the annual conversion of Main Street into a street fair, drew hundreds of visitors to Wilton on Saturday, June 24.

They listened to music and browsed among dozens of booths offering everything from handmade jewelry and wooden boxes to plants, herbal facials and activities for children.

The Main Street Association, the Economic Development Committee, the Conservation Commission and other organizations had information available, as well as “Wilton memorabilia,” a collection of past souvenirs.

The Fire Department demonstrated the use of the Jaws of Life, extricating two young women from a car.

“This is what happens when you text and drive,” Fire Chief Jim Cutler told the crowd. “And when we get through, your car is totaled.”

The crew used the department’s wide array of tools in the demonstration. When the girls were out of the car, the ambulance service took over, putting them onto backboards and loading them into the ambulance.

The car was donated by Wilton Towing.

Threatening rain in the morning moved all of the musicians under the tent in Main Street Park. The Masons provided a pancake breakfast, and several vendors had lunch available. The Second Congregational Church offered refreshing fruit cups.

The Lions Club promoted the “Duck Drop,” dropping all of the rubber duckies from the ladder truck instead of into the river as usual – the water was too high.

In the evening, festivities moved to the Carnival Hill athletic fields for family games, followed by fireworks at dusk.