Connecticut residents fly high at the Big E

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Statewide - posted Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Caylin Balogh of Ashford flies through the air in front of the Connecticut Building at the Big E on Sept. 18, as part of demonstrations by The Trampoline Place of Plainfield. Photos by Steve Smith.
Caylin Balogh of Ashford flies through the air in front of the Connecticut Building at the Big E on Sept. 18, as part of demonstrations by The Trampoline Place of Plainfield. Photos by Steve Smith.

Near-perfect weather on Wednesday, Sept. 18, probably had something to do with the fact that, according to Big E officials, this year's Connecticut Day set an Eastern States Exposition record for attendance during a weekday.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman led the Connecticut Parade, which included several high school marching bands, including those from Somers, East Windsor, East Hartford and Ellington. Wyman, who is from Tolland, also greeted visitors and vendors inside the Connecticut Building, as Connecticut residents and organizations were featured on Wednesday.

The crowds were especially dense inside the Connecticut Building, which featured a large, interactive Lego display, and several booths from Nutmeg State vendors.

Heather Grant and Aurora Delbon were manning the Rose's Berry Farm booth, which was strategically perched just inside the front door of the Connecticut Building. They were selling blueberry shortcake, among many other delicious offerings.

“We've had a lot of steady traffic,” Grant said early in the day, “but we think it will be heavier in the afternoon, when people are looking for a sweet snack.”

Also from Glastonbury were Robin Duclau and Diane Tryon, who were selling fresh tomatoes and mozzarella from Littel Acres Farm. Duclau said the customers seemed to greatly appreciate fresh produce this year.

Also featured were performers from The Trampoline Place of Plainfield, who put on several demonstrations throughout the day in front of the Connecticut Building.

For more information on the event, visit www.thebige.com.


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