The heat wave continued during the Bethel SummerFest 2016 but the Town of Bethel was also sizzling with activity! The event took place on Saturday, July 16, 2016, starting at 11:00 a.m. The temperature was in the 90’s with high humidity but that did not stop many from attending this great yearly event arranged by the Bethel Chamber of Commerce under Executive Director Bobbie Jo Beers and sponsored by many local businesses.
Report by Paula Antolini
July 26, 2016 2:10PM EDT
PHOTOS 60+: Bethel SummerFest 2016 Was Sizzling with Activity
The heatwave continued during the Bethel SummerFest 2016 but the Town of Bethel was also sizzling with activity! The event took place on Saturday, July 16, 2016, starting at 11:00 a.m. The temperature was in the 90’s with high humidity but that did not stop many from attending this great yearly event arranged by the Bethel Chamber of Commerce under Executive Director Bobbie Jo Beers and sponsored by many local businesses (see list below).
Activities covered the CJH Municipal Center lawn, including a SplashFest huge Slip-N-Slide, Fencing Demonstrations, Famiky and Naam Yoga Demos, and Christine’s Critters sponsored by Escape Salon and Boutique.
There were vendors lining Greenwood Avenue and sidewalk sales galore, and other activities there. There was an ice cream eating contest at the Gift Cottage and the Toy Room was celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary and had a huge multi-layer fabulous cake! That Virginia was performing in front of the Bethel Methodist Church.
The P.T. Barnum Square Street Fair included live music! Damon Wade was doing a DJ record spin in the municipal gazebo too! Huge oversized game boards for chess and checkers offered more fun.
Some of the musical performers were Doug Mahard, We Are Buffalo, Ella Sera, Pete Herger Trio, and Jim Blair (performing in front of Greenwood’s Grille and Ale House).
The Bethel Public Library had performances on the front lawn by SparkArts “Annie Into the Woods” play, and Irish Dancers from Petri School of Dance, a Bethel Fitness Demo, and Magic by Danny Diamond.
The Hero Project, a group promoting awareness of the growing heroin and opioids problem in Connecticut and beyond, ran “The Amazing Race” where individuals checked in to different areas of town to get 4 different color wristbands, then registered back at The Hero Project booth on the municipal lawn to have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Famous Pizza. Over 50 people participated! The winning ticket was picked from a basket at 4:05p.m. and the winner is Brooke Heinen.
If you missed this event you will have to wait until next year!
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Without the support of these fine businesses this event would not be possible
Beyond Urgent Care
Bogdan Family Denistry
Bryan Roth – Edward Jones Investments
Cream & Sugar Cafe
Escape Salon & Boutique
Home Base Buyers, Inc
Mutual Security Federal Credit Union
People’s United Bank
Sandbox DayCare of Bethel
Synergy Home Care
The Toy Room
Wades Piano Center