Shelton Day is this Sunday

Family activities, festival fare and shopping — with a heaping side of civic pride — await this Sunday at Shelton Day.

The Shelton-Derby Rotary Club’s annual event along Howe Avenue in downtown Shelton starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.

There will be more than 120 vendors, according to Rotary President Mary Ellen Samatulski. Vendors will be selling food and handmade items, and businesses, local nonprofits and other organizations will also be represented.

“It’s going to be the same great, festive community event,” Samatulski said. “We have the same food, fun and entertainment.”

While old favorites will be back, there will be new additions, including Belgium Frites from Bar 140.

Bands are also lined up to entertain during the street festival, including the Shelton High School band. At noon, Mayor Mark Lauretti will present his proclamation to the Rotary Club.

The Amber Alert registration will be back this year, issuing child identification cards.

A portion of Howe Avenue will be closed to motor vehicle traffic during the festival.

Shelton Day was founded and first organized by the Shelton Business District Association in the mid 1980s, in order to bring people downtown. Now it’s organized by the Rotary Club, and all the proceeds go back to community causes, including scholarships for local students.

“We have many different projects that it goes to, like sand and salt in the winter for seniors,” Samatulski said. “We buy dictionaries for every third grade student in Shelton and Derby. We also support TEAM Inc. and all their efforts.”

It’s about having a fun day with family and friends, Samatulski said.

“We’re very proud to be part of the community and we want to celebrate the community we live in and all the great people in the Valley,” Samatulski said.