A little rain in the morning didn\u2019t prevent a whole bunch of people from drinking some beer and eating wings in the afternoon. (Photos by Brad Durrell) Many hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Hoptoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Riverwalk (Veterans Memorial Park) in Shelton. \u201cIt\u2019s a chance to experience different brewers, hang out with friends, eat wings, and drink beer,\u201d said Derrick Champagne, who was enjoying the festivities with a group of friends. Champagne\u2019s wife, Jennifer, is active with the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club, which organizes the event. Scores of craft brewers were represented as well as about a dozen restaurants. Despite the wet start to the day, the rain subsided by starting time although it remained overcast. Turnout appeared to be about the same as in 2013. The festival included live music, a Hoptoberfest merchandise booth, and a few non-beer vendor tables. 'Having a good time' Jessica Beach and Casey Gorman, both of Shelton, dropped by to partake in the offerings. \u201cWe\u2019re supporting the Rotary Club while having a good time,\u201d said Gorman, who also performed music on stage. \u201cIt\u2019s an afternoon with family and friends, and music and beer \u2014 what can be better than that,\u201d Gorman said. Kenny Bullard, who grew up in Shelton, came with girlfriend Lauren Bruno. They were checking out the tent of Yuengling beer, a Pennsylvania beer that promotes itself as \u201cAmerica\u2019s oldest brewery.\u201d \u201cThis is awesome,\u201d Bullard said of all the people and the wide beer selection. \u201cWe like beer.\u201d Bullard is a 2008 Shelton High graduate. The couple lives in Rocky Hill. \u201cIt\u2019s fun,\u201d said Karen Price of Fairfield, attending with her husband, Bob. \u201cThe wings are very good,\u201d Bob said. \u201cI\u2019ll probably eat eight to 12 of them, at least.\u201d Their daughter Lauren P. Kazzi helped to organize the event for the Rotary Club. Many attendees wore pretzel necklaces, a tradition among craft beer festival fans. They eat the pretzels as they consume beer during the course of the event. \u201cIt quenches the palate,\u201d said Charlie Hagerty of New Jersey.