Hundreds of residents from all over the valley poured into Shelton’s Riverwalk last Friday for the final night of Downtown Sounds: Summer Concerts and Food Trucks.
The event was created by Celebrate Shelton as an initiative that honors local businesses and people from the Valley area. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club in Shelton.
The founders, Jimmy Tickey, Nicole Heriot-Mikula, and Micheal Skrtic, said they were happy with the results of their hard work.
“It’s all Connecticut-based, if not from Shelton or Valley-based. We started [Celebrate Shelton] to create community events to bring attention to the business that we have,” said Tickey. “Each one of us has their own expertise and relationships with these businesses. It brings the best of the community together.”
The night was full of food and fun; especially popular with the festival attendees was Tipsy Cones. Courtesy of the sponsor, Liberty Bank, the first 500 people received free ice cream. The truck, started by Brooke and Jon Alberts four years ago, provides a twist on classic ice cream flavors. In contrast to typical flavors such as vanilla and chocolate, their ice cream is flavored (not spiked) with alcohol.
“The idea of mixing the two ideas of a brewery and an ice cream shop just popped into my head and I knew that it was going to be good,” said Brooke.
The line for the Tipsy Cones never seemed to end. Residents were pleased with the amount of options they had to choose from.
“We got coconut caramel and Mexican coffee,” said Cindy Tiberi. “I can’t get enough.”
Residents also had the choice of what food they wanted to eat before indulging in dessert. Food trucks that were present at the event included but were not limited to: Dad’s Food Truck’s burgers and hot dogs, Shoreline Prime’s meats and deli, and Fryboy’s hand-cut fries and sandwiches. A beer garden was also set up courtesy of the New Belgium Brewing company for adults.
In addition to the variety of food vendors, there were a number of local businesses and organizations working to sell their goods and services.
Multiple members of the Shelton High School Band and Color Guard were selling tickets for their upcoming Sept. 3 car wash. Robin Friend, mother of rising sophomore Karina Friend, flutist, said the tickets are $5 and the proceeds go toward funding the band and color guard performances.
D’addario Nissan sponsored part of the evening and provided two new cars at the Riverwalk for attendees to admire.
The event was full of music and attendees were treated to live entertainment and music.
BringtheHoopla, an educational fitness program, entertained guests from 5-6 p.m. and invited kids and adults to improve their hula-hooping skills by showing them new tricks. Musical performances for the evening included: Creamery Station, a soulful, bluesy band, and Hubinger St., a rock-and-roll band.
To learn more about Celebrate Shelton visit http://www.celebrateshelton.com/.