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Wilton readies for SummerFest

WILTON — The annual summer event on Main Street will have a new name and some new twists such as a fireworks display, but also keep the traditional favorites such as the rubber duck race.

SummerFest ’14 will take place on the first day of summer, Saturday, June 21, with a rain date of June 22, and the Wilton Main Street Association is gearing up for a sizzling event. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. in the downtown area. That will be followed by more food, music and fireworks at dusk at Carnival Hill.

Four bands are scheduled every two hours starting at 10 a.m. under the tent in the Main Street Park. Between musical numbers, the Red Trousers, two jugglers from Wilton, will perform. Their shows will be at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Another new feature will be a beer garden, where people 21 and over can purchase alcoholic beverages. No open contains are allowed in the festival.

The Free Masons will host a pancake breakfast while the Wilton Lion’s Club will host the rubber duck race at 3 p.m. down the Souhegan River.

Vendors will line Main Street to offer many exciting items from foods, crafts and unique products. Tables are still available for $25.

“The best thing about SummerFest ‘14 is to bring fireworks to town. The last time there were fireworks in Wilton was in the 1960s, according to the old-timers in town,” said Main Street Promotion Committee member Michelle Levesque. “I’m super psyched,” she added.

RS Fireworks, LLC from Hudson will be providing the fireworks display. It is run by two veterans who offer a complimentary 21-gun salute at the end of the fireworks display.

The local schools will be involved and offer snow cones and face painting and there will be other children’s activities.

For more information about helping to sponsor the fireworks, a vendor’s table or performing contact Michelle Levesque at 603-654-1066 or