For Trish Flood of Shelton and her family, it’s a tradition. Almost every year, they head down to Howe Avenue on Shelton Day to mingle and have fun.

“We love being out here with everyone in town,” Flood said. “We see our friends and all the businesspeople opening up downtown.”

Hundreds of people joined Flood and her family on Sunday, Oct. 6 in strolling along downtown Shelton’s main business thoroughfare  to eat, shop, be entertained, become informed, and interact with family and friends.

While the sometimes-damp weather may have held down the crowd at times, a steady stream of visitors made their way to the annual street festival.

Debbie and David Marino of Shelton make sure they attend every year, noting their 2-year-old son, Tristan, hasn’t missed a Shelton Day yet.

“Coming is a way to help the community,” Debbie said. “We like the food, and it’s always good to bump into people you know. It’s fun.”

Food, crafts, activities, community info

The event, organized by the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club, featured about 150 booths with food, crafts, interactive activities, businesses, and community information.

Local bands as well as the Shelton High School marching band provided live entertainment.

Bill Miller, local Rotary Club president, thanked everyone for coming, while Mayor Mark Lauretti read a proclamation declaring Oct. 6 as Shelton Day in the city.

Lauretti said the annual celebration highlights “the spirit of revitalization and pride in our city.”

Street fair began in the mid-1980s

Shelton Day was first organized by the Shelton Business District Association in the mid-1980s. The goal was to bring people into downtown Shelton and introduce them to the business community.

The event is promoted as “An Annual Celebration of Life in a Great City.”

The Rotary Club puts all proceeds from Shelton Day back into the community, through scholarships and service projects.