A perfect early autumn day with plentiful sunshine helped attract a lot of people to downtown Shelton on Sunday. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

They walked up and down Howe Avenue visiting food vendors and booths highlighting local businesses and organizations during the annual Shelton Day street fair.

The turnout appeared to be significantly higher than the past few years, partly due to the good weather.

Going to Shelton Day is a yearly ritual for Janet and Drew Patuzzi of Shelton. “It’s all local people,” said Janet, as she and her husband partook in some culinary offerings.

“And the food is good,” Drew added.

Shelton Day is a chance for many longtime residents to see old friends and check on what’s new in the downtown business district.

Mayor Mark Lauretti read a proclamation declaring Oct. 5 as “Shelton Day,” after the Shelton High School marching band and color guard performed.

Two bands — Howie and the Soul Potatoes and the Natural Blues Band — also played at the Center Stage. Additional entertainment was offered at the South Stage.

About 140 vendors

There were about 140 booths at Shelton Day this year. The event is organized by the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club and helps raise money for the service club’s community projects and scholarship programs.

John Daniell of Shelton and Gary Sochrin of Derby are two of the volunteers who help the club get ready for the event, arriving before 7 a.m. to set up the tables and work with vendors.

“Then John and I eat our way from one end of the street to the other,” said Sochrin with a laugh, as the two each ate a slice of pizza.

Look for more Shelton Day photos on this website in the next few days.