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Connecticut Tree Festival Returns To Norwalk's Cranbury Park

George Bell of Cut ‘N’ Dry Sawmill in Norwalk, shown here making boards out of an oak log, is a regular exhibitor at the Connecticut Tree Festival.
George Bell of Cut ‘N’ Dry Sawmill in Norwalk, shown here making boards out of an oak log, is a regular exhibitor at the Connecticut Tree Festival. Photo Credit: Marven Moss

NORWALK, Conn. – The Ninth Annual Connecticut Tree Festival returns to Cranbury Park in Norwalk on Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The festival will include family fun with interactive activities and an environmental theme: How trees enrich community life.

Admission and parking is free. Chances to win door prizes will be available, with a picnic-style lunch for everyone. Exhibitors pay nothing for space or their booths, nor are they permitted to sell products or services on the property.

Upwards of 40 exhibitors lined the park’s Great Lawn in 2014 when the festival drew more than 2,200 visitors. The day showcases a diverse lineup of ecologically oriented exhibitors encircled by hands-on demonstrations by experts in tree planting and care. For the younger attendees, there are bucket-truck rides to the treetops and a rope tree climb with the kids secured in harnesses, plus live animals, face painting and crafts.

A gallery showing of painting, sculpture and mix media is an added dimension to the festival for the second consecutive year. The exhibit, entitled “A Community of Trees,” will be launched April 19 through May 31 at the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center, 49 New St., Wilton.

On festival day, the work of younger artists will be displayed at the Gallaher Mansion and terrace in Cranbury Park. The Norwalk Tree Alliance meanwhile is sponsoring a Flowering Tree Photo Contest for a third year. Hal Alvord, Norwalk’s tree warden and public works director, is back as head of the festival’s planning committee, with co-sponsors the Norwalk Tree Alliance, Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee and Wilton Garden Club. 

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