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SummerFest takes place in downtown Wilton June 25

  • A vendor serves shaved ice to event-goers at Summerfest in 2019. —COURTESY PHOTO

  • A ladder truck drops rubber ducks onto Main Street in the annual Lions Club Duck Drop. —COURTESY PHOTO

  • Vendors set up shop at the Wilton Summerfest in 2019. —COURTESY PHOTO

  • Debbie Hawkins from Bashirah Belly Dance entertains SummerFest crowds in 2019. —STAFF FILE PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

  • Isla Higley of Dublin makes a sandart ornament to take home from Wilton SummerFest as a souvenir in 2019.   —STAFF FILE PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

  • BabaRay performs at Wilton SummerFest in 2019.  —STAFF FILE PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

  • Parth Bakhabe uses a foam-tipped arrow to aim at floating targets at the Boy Scout Troop 10 booth during Wilton’s SummerFest in 2019.  —STAFF FILE PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/22/2022 11:21:23 AM

After two years affected by COVID-19, Wilton Main Street Association President Alison Meltzer said organizers are attempting to rebuild the town’s SummerFest celebration.

“We are having to build up momentum again,” she said.

The Wilton Main Street Association is presenting the eighth annual SummerFest in downtown Wilton Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, June 26.

The event will include a pie-eating contest, an arts market and food vendors. The event will also host six live shows, including performances by The Red Trouser Show and Quincy Lord.

The Lions Club Duck Drop, in which dozens of rubber ducks are dropped from a ladder truck and event-goers can win cash prizes if the ducks hit a target, is returning to SummerFest. A fireworks show on Carnival Hill starting at dusk featuring DJ Solid Gold Productions will close the night.

Since 2014, the Wilton Main Street Association has been hosting SummerFest with a vision to bring live entertainment, local food and community morale to the town. During the peak of SummerFest, more than 80 vendors set up shop along Main Street to showcase a variety of local foods, artwork and activities to the community. However, the pandemic and concern for large gatherings forced organizers to shut down the event in 2020.

In 2021, event organizers decided to host a smaller version of SummerFest with fewer vendors, one performance and the traditional fireworks show.

This year, the Wilton Main Street Association plans to have about 40 vendors. From artisans to grillmasters, all businesses and organizations are welcome to attend the event and schedule a spot on Main Street. 

Meltzer says this year’s event is highly anticipated and a long time coming for the Wilton community. 

“I’m looking forward to bringing the event back to the community,” said Metlzer. “We look forward to growing it back to what it once was.”

For information, visit the Wilton Main Street Association’s Facebook page.


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