It was a damp second day of October, but that didn’t stop Shelton residents from celebrating with fun, festivities, food, and music. Vendors and nonprofits lined Howe Ave. while donuts, popcorn and fried foods whiffed through the air.
The turnout for the yearly celebration of all things Shelton went off with great attendance. There were craft activities, learning events and local businesses run by people from the community.
Shelton Robotics team showed off their T230 to onlookers. Ansonia residents and first time Shelton Day attendees, Quintez Whittle Jr. and his little brother, Jaden Whittle, were fascinated by the demonstration. They said they want to learn more about making robots. Quintez was impressed with the technology and liked all the wires in the device.
Planning and Zoning board commissioner, Jimmy Tickey and Congressman Jim Himes, along with Hime’s aide, Rowan Kane, greeted festival goers. Tickey said he has never missed a Shelton Day event, and Kane was enjoying his first festival. Himes commented on the City’s fun day.
“It’s wonderful to be here; as I try to be here every year,” Himes said. “It’s such a great community feeling; you got firefighters, policemen, and local merchants.”
Tickey introduced festival goers also to Adam Heller, (R) 113 District in Shelton, who is running for State Representative for Shelton in this year’s November election.
In the meantime, State Senator Kevin Kelly and State Representative Jason Perillo were at a booth with volunteers helping people to register to vote.
Politicians and robotic projects were not the only attractions, music could be heard from all corners of the event. Jake Kulak and the Lowdowns were playing a Stevie Ray Vaughan classic while the Electric Lady Band was jamming out Jimi Hendrix’s classic “All Along the Watchtower”. Not far off, sole musician Matt Orlando played Dave Mathews’ “Ants Marching”.
There were lots of activities for children during the event. They had their faces painted, they colored houses for contest, and they walked with their parents down Howe Avenue, where the festival was held from Cornell Street to Beard Street.
Andrew Okowski and his wife, Latoya Okowski, took six year-old Kaleb Okowski to have his face painted, since they lived right down the street from the event.
“It’s an awesome day, Shelton Day, and I am enjoying myself and the goodies; it’s very exciting,” Latoya Okowski said.
Some of the goodies at the event included bacon covered donuts, popcorn, soda, ice cream and funnel cake. There were also French fries, fried dough and even fried Oreos.
The children were seen eating lots of fun food but also entering contests. Six year-old Hailey Cuminotto-Reis colored a house for William Raveis Real Estate coloring contest. She and others had a chance to win a gallon of Rita’s ice cream or free photo lessons, along with having her picture displayed in the Huntington office window of William Raveis Real Estate.
Not everyone at the event came from Shelton.
Sandra Miller, vice president of the Women’s Club in Stratford, came to the event to try to get women to join their organization; however, she was very impressed with local author, Marcela Osello, who was displaying her children’s book Terry the Thankful Turkey”. Osello said her book teaches children to appreciate daily gratitude by being thankful every day. They write was they are thankful for and put it inside a toy turkey.
Also there was safety demonstration provided by Shelton Fire Department that showed children how to properly use a fire extinguisher. The firemen lit a supervised fire which they allowed children and teens to put out with a fire extinguisher.
Ryan Mattioli, recruitment officer for the fire department, said they wanted to teach children proper use of the extinguisher, and to also try to get new volunteers to sign-up to join the department.
Children and adults also took advantage of learning some boxing techniques during Shelton Day. Kids punch the bag with boxing gloves with assistance from trainers from Title Boxing Club of Milford. Others watched boxing techniques, while professionals sparred on the street.
Learning American History was another educational opportunity at Shelton Day. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Wooster Russell Camp 22, were dressed in full regalia of Civil War attire and handed out brochures and quizzes about the Civil War. Volunteers said they all had relatives that were in the Civil War.
George Geer, commander, Richard Warren, and Will Schulte gave out information about joining the organization. Also, Geer said it was his ancestor, Martin Soring, fought in the battle.