WASHINGTON DEPOT— The hit TV show “Gilmore Girls” will finally come to the picturesque Connecticut town it was based on next month.

But some residents are unhappy with plans for a fan festival expected to draw 1,200 people to the community of 3,600.

On Oct. 21, 22 and 23, Washington Depot, the town fictionalized as the “Gilmore Girls” Stars Hollow, will host a Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, just before the early-2000s show will be revamped on Netflix Nov. 25.

The town’s closest gas station will run out of gas, parking will be nightmarish, and storefronts will be full of out-of-towners and foreign “Gilmore Girls” oriented fare, not the usual coffee-and-newspaper goods townspeople enjoy, said John Payne, a 60-year town resident.

And 1,200 people showing up is just the lowest speculation, Payne said. There could be many more curious folks who arrive.

Payne said he and other residents doubt the event will bring in any real money. Although the sold-out festival charged people $175 or $225 to attend the weekend, the town won’t see much of it, Payne said.

Payne said he plans on filling up on gas before the event, changing his weekend plans, and staying far, far away from Washington Depot if the weekend goes as planned.

“Everybody I’ve talked to said they’re getting out of town,” Payne said, adding those who stay will have to skirt around the event, so as not to get caught in “Gilmore Girls” frenzy.

Although organizers and town officials agree 1,200 “Gilmore Girls“ fans will bring some traffic, they don’t think it will be anywhere as dramatic as Payne, and other concerned residents, think, they said.

First Selectman Mark Lyon said he has heard resident concerns about overcrowding, but he isn’t worried at all. The weekend has been well-planned, and between designated parking at a nearby school and attendees being bused between “Gilmore Girl” sites, Lyon said he doesn't anticipate any real disruption.

“It’ll be a little busy,” Lyon said. “But I’m not anticipating any major gridlock.”

The event will attract people to the town, but it won’t shut it down, he said. Instead, the town will thrive; those visiting will support local businesses for the weekend and could even fall in love with the town and move there, he said.

Event organizer Jennie Whitaker said the weekend has been planned to avoid any disruption to townsfolk. Major meetups in Washington Depot take place after business hours, she said, and organizers have worked with state troopers and fire officials to make sure the event is safe.

Organizers have made it clear visitors without festival tickets won’t be able to do anything “Gilmore Girls”-related in town. So uncountable visitors, folks Payne calls “curiosity seekers,” won’t show up in unmanageable droves.

Whitaker said the money issue isn’t really relevant. She isn’t making any profit, she said. Almost all of the ticket revenue was put toward running the event.

The town even makes some money because the fest will rent town hall, Lyon said.

But, even though those behind the fest aren’t worried in the slightest, residents are still concerned.

“We are a quiet and sophisticated town and we don’t want to be a sideshow,” Payne said.

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