Hundreds attend Wilton's celebration of summer

Special to the Union Leader |
June 22. 2014 8:06PM

Annabelle Kemp, 3 from Wilton, had her face painted to match the yellow flower on her dress by Mark Cedras of Markal Angelo at SummerFest in Wilton. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys)

WILTON - The first day of summer was a blast as a day-long celebration in Downtown Wilton ended with a spectacular fireworks display at Carnival Hill on Saturday night.

Entertaining a steady stream of visitors throughout the sun-filled day were four live bands under the big white tent at Main Street Park which added to the air of festivity.

Juggling flaming torches and hanging from ladders were two former Wilton residents called Red Trousers visiting from their Faneuil Hall gig to entertain their hometown.

Main Street was blocked off and filled with more than 50 vendors for a variety of crafts, specialty foods, demonstrations and interesting goods.

The quaint stores that grace Main Street, such as Nelson’s Candy, Cropaholics and Putnam’s Store, were opened forthe day.

The Free Mason’s hosted a pancake breakfast while the rubber duck race was a lot of quacks down the Souhegan River put on by the Lion’s Club.

Enjoying the day with her mom and daughter was Holly Kemp from Wilton.

“It’s exciting. I hope they do it again. We’ll probably do the whole day of events, including the fireworks,” said Kemp.

Hanging out talking to residents was selectmen chairman Bill Condra.

“It’s going really well. It’s the first time we ever had vendors on both sides of the street. The big ticket will be the fireworks tonight,” said Condra.

At 6 p.m., the party moved up to Carnival Hill on the Wilton, Milford and Lyndeborough line where, as dusk fell, people enjoyed music, food and fireworks by RS Fireworks of Hudson.

It’s been about 50 years since Wilton shot off fireworks for the community.

“We had a little hiccup over the fireworks. We held a special meeting to address it and got together Wilton Main Street Association, the police and fire chiefs and WLT-EMS to come up with a good working plan. The Board voted to support it,” said Condra.

One stipulation was to keep the activity within the Wilton town line.

Photographer David Schmidt of Wilton enjoyed photographing the colorful fireworks display and said, “They were excellent.”

Wilton Main Street Association organized the event.


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