The 2017 Barnum Festival Ringmaster Terry O'Connor (second-from-right) is congratulated by Shelton past Ringmasters (left-to-right) Frank Carroll 2012, Mayor Mark Lauretti 2008 and Len Berger 2003 following his election to lead the 65 year old Festival honoring the memory of famous Connecticut showman and politician P.T. Barnum. Ringmaster O'Connor was introduced at an event at the headquarters of the Aquarion Company. Barnum was the second president of the Aquarion Company formerly known as the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company. The new Ringmaster is executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and the McGivney Community Center.