Summerfest celebration in the works

WILTON — The Wilton Main Street Association is in the midst of planning for the Wilton Summerfest this June, calling for local vendors and seeking sponsors for a fireworks show to cap off the festivities.

The Wilton Summerfest is replacing the mid-year celebration formerly known as “Celebrate Wilton.”

Main Street Promotion Committee member Michelle Levesque said the name change came as a result of wanting the summer festival to be more inclusive, and to expand beyond just Wilton residents. “We just want it to be a really good time for everyone,” she said.

This year’s Summerfest will be held on June 21 in downtown Wilton. Among the planned festivities are a breakfast hosted by the Free Masons, a rubber-duck race sponsored by the Wilton Lion’s Club, live music, and vendors selling goods along Main Street. Spaces for vendors are still available for $20 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space.

That night, the Main Street Association also hopes to host a fireworks display from Abbott Hill, put on by Atlas Fireworks of Jaffrey. The Main Street Association is seeking sponsors for that event to defray the $3,500 cost. The association is also looking for local bands to perform on the Summerfest stage and others to perform acts, such as dancing, magic, etc., on the secondary stage.

To contribute to the festival or to express interest in being a vendor or performing at Summerfest, call Levesque at 654-1065.

In other Main Street Association business, the Main Street Beautification Committee has proposed two projects for the improvement of Main Street. The first is the repainting of the traffic dummy that sits at the end of Main Street, in order to eliminate rust-colored stains. Department of Public Works Director Steve Elliot told the Select Board during its Monday meeting that there is currently money in the Department of Public Works maintenance budget to cover the cost.

Members of the Beautification Committee asked about the possibility of sand-blasting the dummy to remove the paint, potentially galvanizing the dummy, and powder-coating it before painting, which would extend the life of the paint job.

The board decided that it would need to see quotes on the potential cost of such a project before approving it, as there had only been funds for painting the dummy set aside.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244.

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