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. \u201cIt\u2019s all local people,\u201d said Janet, as she and her husband partook in some culinary offerings. \u201cAnd the food is good,\u201d Drew added. Shelton Day is a chance for many longtime residents to see old friends and check on what\u2019s new in the downtown business district. Mayor Mark Lauretti read a proclamation declaring Oct. 5 as \u201cShelton Day,\u201d after the Shelton High School marching band and color guard performed. Two bands \u2014 Howie and the Soul Potatoes and the Natural Blues Band \u2014 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\u2019s 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. \u201cThen John and I eat our way from one end of the street to the other,\u201d 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.