Village Fair Days 'is great for the community'
The New Milford Village Fair Days has long been a popular staple in the community.
This year marks the 47th annual summertime event sponsored by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce.
Visitors from near and far are expected to attend the two-day event July 25-26 on the picturesque Village Green.
Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.
"We're really blessed that this town stands behind so much," said Village Fair Days Committee Chairman Bob Hanna of the volunteerism and support residents give to a variety of community activities, including the fair.
Festivities will kick off July 25 with an opening ceremony and the crowning of the king and queen at 10 a.m.
The traditional favorites of live entertainment, bingo, bouncy houses, vendor and local organizations' booths will again return.
Local civic organizations -- such as the Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 firefighters, the New Milford Lions Club and the New Milford Rotary Club -- and local restaurants will sell a variety of food.
Additionally, the 47th annual New Milford 8-mile road race and Village Fair Days 5K, coordinated by New Milford Parks & Recreation, will draw a large crowd the morning of July 26.
That evening, a few hours before the close of the fair, Chamber of Commerce officials will present three scholarships -- the Chamber's Frederick J. Wynne Scholarship, and the Village Fair Days' Bill and Fran Babbino Scholarship and the Herman Izzard Scholarship.
This year one of the local booths -- which offers junk food and paint splatter/spin art -- will help support chamber activities.
The booth will donate its proceeds to the chamber's fireworks display fund (see story, this page).
Hanna praised the volunteers who devote many hours to planning, setting up, manning and cleaning up the fair.
Volunteers of all ages step up to help, including students from New Milford High School's DECA and Future Business Leaders of America groups, and other youths.
"We get about 10 to 20 kids involved and they do a tremendous job for us," Hanna said.
He pointed out, for example, having youths oversee the children's offerings -- like the bouncy houses -- is helpful because "it's kids with kids."
Sergio Liguori has been a part of the Village Fair Days committee for 10 years or so, having been invited to join by former fair Chairman Bill Babbino.
"I had an idea for the fair and (Bill) said to come to the meeting and bring my idea," Liguori said.
He has been part of the committee and plays an active role at the fair since that time.
"It's fun for me," Liguori said. "I get to see my friends, reconnect with my old friends and make new ones."
Liguori has several tasks at the fair, one of them overseeing the youth volunteers.
The longtime committee member said the fair affords businesses an opportunity to be more visible, as well as draw people to the town.
"It's great for the community," he said.
Admission to the fair is free.
Handicapped parking will be available behind town hall at 10 Main St.
Pets are not permitted.