It may have a different name, but Stratford's Main Street Festival is ready to kick off this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm in the center of Town, along Main Street, rain or shine. In the past, Stratfordites known the event as Stratford Day, as it celebrates the anniversary of the Town's Charter and official founding. In recent years, the entity known as Stratford Day disbanded, and a new entity Stratford Main Street Festival took over the mantle in organizing the event, with the help from the Town of Stratford, Stratford Chamber of Commerce, Stratford Rotary Club, local businesses and community organizations.
to make Main Street Festival more effective, the festival zone is more compact in the area of Main Street between West Broad Street and Church Street, near the Congregational Church, Hudson's Deli and Milford Bank. This year will feature a beer garden at the Baldwin Parking lot hosted by the Perry House and Rotary Club, the annual dunk tank hosted by the Stratford Republicans where people can dunk politicians for a donation to the Bunnell and Stratford High Post Prom committees. The Greater Bridgeport Regional Council (GBRC) will be holding an informational booth about revamping the center of town's transit district to make the area more commuter friendly for train, car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The GBRC and the Stratford Zoning Commission is looking to solicit feedback from residents on what they hope the Center of Stratford redevelopment should look like. The William Perry House will feature an archeological dig to unearth historical artifacts and provide docent volunteers will answer questions about the grounds and Stratford's early history. Many artists and crafts will also be on sale at the event, as well as many food vendors.
This year's sponsors include the Stratford Rotary Club, Milford Bank, Stratford Chamber of Commerce, Attorney Tim Bishop, The Jackson Law Firm, Bridgeport Fittings and Avalon Stratford.