Celebrate Wallingford Back for 27th Year

Celebrate Wallingford 2012The 27th Annual Celebrate Wallingford Festival is ready to kick off this weekend, October 5th and 6th. Prepare yourself for two fantastic days of activities, displays, food tasting, crafting, contests, and entertainment, all set in the beautiful uptown area of Wallingford Center.

This year the main venue for the event will once again be along North and South Main Streets and Simpson Court, with other activities taking place at the Railroad Station green at 11 Hall Avenue. The festivities begin on October 5th at 11 AM and continue until 7 PM, and continue on October 6th at 12 noon and conclude at 6 PM. Here is a list of some of the planned activities for both days:

Saturday, October 5th:

Prior to the 11 AM opening, the 3rd Annual ACTIVATE Wallingford Family Fun Walk will be held, with registration starting at 10 AM. It’s a flat course, 1 mile walk. ACTIVATE Wallingford is an initiative to combat childhood obesity by partnering with the community to influence policy and environmental change that will provide access to clean, safe parks and recreational facilities so more children have an opportunity to participate in physical activity. The walk will start at the gazebo on the green; look for the Registration sign to sign up!

  • Taste of Wallingford food court
  • Crafters exhibiting their creations along North & South Main Streets
  • Extended activities area for children and teens, including Curious Creatures, Party Troop characters, Magic Matt balloons and face painter Ruth Gordon
  • Live Entertainment (on the Parade Grounds): Summer Edeen, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Bluzberry Pi, 12:30 – 1:30 PM; Cover Story, 2:30 – 4 PM; Avenue Groove, 4:30 – 6:30 PMOne of the entries in the Classic Car Show
  • Home Depot Kids Workshop & Home Improvement Fair, 11:00 AM to 2PM at the Railroad Station
  • Paint A Fire Hydrant, sponsored by the Wallingford Rotary
  • Connecticut Street Rod Association Car Show, 2 – 5 PM at Simpson Court and South Main Street.
  • Fitness Fun Zone in the Holy Trinity School parking lot, sponsored by the Wallingford YMCA
  • New Car Show in Simpson Court parking lot
  • 17th Annual Art Walk through Center Street Cemetery, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • “Adopt” a fundraiser, set up all along Center Street. Youth Organizations will be set up all along Center Street with their fundraisers. Please stop by and support them!

Sunday, October 7th:

  • Taste of Wallingford food court
  • Crafters exhibiting their creations along North & South Main Streets
  • Extended activities area for children and teens, including the Mariachi Academy, Harris in Wonderland Pets, roaming costumed characters, and a photo booth
  • Live Entertainment (in front of the train station): the Don Gioella, 11:30AM – 12:30 PM; Los Mariachi Academy, 1:00 – 1:30 PM; The Potentials, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, Juice Box, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
  • Home Depot Kids Workshop & Home Improvement Fair, 12PM to 3PM at the Railroad Station
  • Paint A Fire Hydrant, sponsored by the Wallingford Rotary
  • Fitness Fun Zone in the Holy Trinity School parking lot, sponsored by the Wallingford YMCA
  • New Car Show in Simpson Court parking lot
  • “Adopt” a fundraiser, set up all along Center Street. Youth Organizations will be set up all along Center Street with their fundraisers. Please stop by and support them!

The Taste of Wallingford has long been a favorite of festival attendees, giving them an opportunity to sample the cuisine of some of their favorite local eateries. Here are the establishments participating and their menus for the event:

Amore Pizza
Pizza slices, Fried Dough , Funnel Cakes

Simpson Court, Wallingford CenterGaetano’s Tavern on Main

Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chili, Hot Dog w/Kraut or Chili, Stuffed Baked Potato

Michael’s Trattoria
Sausage & pepper sandwich, Pasta Fagioli

Los Mariachis

Tamales, Tacos, Burritos, Nachos Supreme

Pralines Sweet
Ice cream cups & cones, Sundaes, Waffle cones

Sweet Cioccolatta

Chocolate candies & confections

Wallingford Elks Club
Breakfast sandwich, Coffee, New England Clam Chowder w/Bread Bowl, Burgers, Chicken tenders w/fries

Food VendorsWallingford Wishing Well

Steak grinders

Wallingford Rotary Club
Soda, Gatorade, Water

Oriental Express
Chicken Broccoli, General Tsao’s Chicken, Chicken Fingers

Wallingford Center Inc.
Roasted corn on the cob
Zucchini pancakes

Tata’s

Spanish rice, Pork kabobs, Beef & cheese Empanedas

Dad’s Restaurant
Corned beed w/ Dad’s homemade cole slaw, cheddar cheese on a hard roll, Lobster Bisque

Alyssa’s Cakery

Cake pops, cake balls and cake push-ups

Mr. D’s

Apple crisp, Caramel apples, Apple cider

Hometown Pizza & Restaurant

Fried calamari, Penne ala Vodka, Chicken parmesan grinder

Dry Dock

BBQ chicken dinner, Corn bread, Cole slaw

Big Country BBQ

Smoked Mac & Cheese, Smoked brisket, Spare ribs

Harriman Real Estate will have a booth at this year’s event, and we’ll be flanked by our friends Liberty Mutual Insurance, hosted by Jennifer Crowley, and McCue Mortgage, hosted by George Souto, so be sure to come by and say hi! We’ll have some of our agents on hand, plus give-aways and a raffle for dinner and a movie.

This promises to be a fantastic weekend at Celebrate Wallingford, come down and see why Wallingford, CT is a great place to live!

Scenes from Celebrate Wallingford

 

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