FAIRFIELD, Conn. – From food drives to cake contests and floats to a gala event, Fairfield is preparing to celebrate its 375th anniversary in a big way next year.
“We realize this is really an opportunity to celebrate and have fun and really celebrate what’s special about Fairfield for the entire year,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.
Much of what is planned will be incorporated into events that are already taking place in the town.
“We’re not going to have a second parade,” Tetreau said. The 375th anniversary will serve as a theme for next year’s parade, he said. It may be possible to incorporate that theme into the Fourth of July fireworks, too.
“There is enough events going on and enough volunteers for those events that we want to use those events to support the celebration,” Tetreau said.
But several special events will take place, including a cake contest for the bakers in town that is hosted by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. The winner of the February contest will make a birthday cake for the town at the gala in November.
Fairfield Judge Dan Caruso is chairing what is being called the biggest food drive the town has ever seen. The drive will begin in January and culminate with a final push the weekend of April 26 and 27 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
“Our biggest concern is whether we have enough space to park all the trucks of food that Dan had promised to collect form that,” Tetreau said. “What we’re looking at there is something that our entire community and our entire town can get into.”
A website is under construction to help residents find the special events. It will launch officially in mid-December.
“Right now what we’re working on is having the calendar up so people can be aware of what the events are,” said Amy Metzoff, a member of the 375 committee. An under construction page is up and people can sign up for their newsletter to get up to date information about the celebrations, she said.
Planning for the 375th anniversary has been two years in the making, Tetreau said, starting with the first restaurant week last year and the addition of the sidewalk sale this year.