The day that’s all about Shelton — its people, organizations and businesses — is set for this Sunday. Oct. 5.
Shelton Day is a street fair that includes tables highlighting local organizations and businesses as well as food, crafts, live music, and other activities. It is free, takes place rain or shine, and is sponsored by the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event takes place in downtown Shelton on Howe Avenue, which is closed to vehicles and open only to pedestrians during Shelton Day hours.
“We love being out here with everyone in town,” Trish Flood said while attending last year’s Shelton Day with her family. “We see our friends and all the businesspeople opening up downtown.”
‘A time for the community to join together’
Mayor Mark Lauretti has issued a proclamation officially declaring Oct. 5 as “Shelton Day” in the city and inviting all residents to participate in the festivities downtown.
“Shelton Day is a time for the entire community to join together to celebrate and enjoy the music, foods, amusements of many types, and crafts booths,” states the proclamation.
The proclamation also notes the hard work of many Rotary Club members and community volunteers to put together the annual celebration.
The music and entertainment schedule will include performances at two locations.
Performers on the center stage, near Bridge Street, will be:
— Howie and the Soul Potatoes (11 to noon and 1 to 2:30)
—Natural Blues Band ( 2:30 to 5).
From noon to 1 on the center stage, the Shelton High School Band will join Mayor Mark Lauretti and Rotary Club President Cindy Rinaldi during a ceremony. The band will provide music and Lauretti and Rinaldi will offer comments.
Providing entertainment on the South Stage will be:
— American Martial Arts Academy (1 p.m.)
— The Dance Workshop (1:40)
— Alec C (2:20)
— Valley Karate (2:50)
— Bring the Hoopla (3:30)
Proceeds support community programs
The event raises money for Derby-Shelton Rotary Club programs in the community, such as college scholarships, high school service clubs, dictionaries for third graders, and assistance for the elderly and children in need.
The club also sponsors many civic improvement projects, such as the Riverwalk pavilion and “Welcome to Shelton” signs.
Call the Rotary Club at 203-567-0252 for information.