Annual Willington Day event draws a big crowd
By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Willington - posted Fri., Jun. 3, 2011
The Willington community held its annual Willington Day celebration on May 28. This year's event was coordinated by Jennifer Jeffreys, who said the day fosters town pride, old-fashioned family fun, and offers affordable - even free - events for families. This is the second year that Jeffreys has overseen the event, and she was thrilled with the turnout.
“This is a banner year for kids coming. I can't believe how many kids are here, and I'm really excited,” said Jeffreys. “We've coupled it with the PTA's Fun Run that happens in the morning. We were hoping for the spillover of kids, and so I think that it really worked in our favor. Also, a lot of the vendors here have kids’ demonstrations; they have kids’ things to do.”
Indeed, Willington Day offered something for everyone, including a frog jumping contest, fishing derby, karate demonstrations, pony rides, a dunking booth, a poster contest, a fortune teller, horseshoes, face-painting, a dance team demonstration and a bounce house.
A variety of vendors set up booths ranging from political organizations to community groups and businesses. Love Veterinary Center gave away free Frisbees. The Willington Public Library conducted a book sale, sold remembrance bricks and provided information about its summer programs. The Willington Historical Society had several publications for sale and accepted donations to raise funds to paint the recently-acquired Glazier Tavern. The Willington Scholarship Foundation accepted donations. Anything Printed of Willington not only provided the day's programs, but hosted a spin art craft table, with proceeds going to the Willington Playground Fund. The Willington Hill Fire Department manned a food booth and collected donations for its building fund.
Information about the town of Willington is available at www.willingtonct.org.
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