Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Derby Day is a go

For a while there, several folks I know who are involved in planning the 15th annual Derby Day were not sure if the downtown festival scheduled Saturday would actually happen.

But all is well, after a miscommunication was cleared up at Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting.

The issue revolved around festival vendors being required to have background checks.

That requirement was waived for this year's event by the aldermen at a meeting in February, so the fest will go on as planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Derby Day always has an old-fashioned feel to it; maybe that's because Derby is Connecticut's smallest city. Organizers are making sure it retains its hometown flavor.

Food and craft vendors and informational booths hosted by local  nonprofit organizations line Elizabeth Street and spread out across the Green. Live entertainment at the Gazebo adds to the festivities.

Festival-goers enjoyed a picture-perfect day last year.

 Let's hope the weather is good and lots of people turn out to give Derby and its residents a boost.

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