Today's the day. The big kickoff to the 2012 Branford Festival starts at 4:45 p.m., and let's hope you've got a good seat to watch all the action. Here's Patch's guide to the first day of the festival, filled with great music, rides, activities, food and fun!
For a full list of activities, check out the Branford Festival website.
What to see:
- The Opening Celebration
4:45, Main Stage.
Organized by Dennis Nardella, this festival favorite returns. This year it will take place on the Main Stage, with the 2nd Company Governors Foot Guard, the Parade of Participants and the raising of the Festival Flag on the flagpole in the center of the green. Once the flag is up, it's officially time to enjoy the festival.
- Branford High School Concert Choir
5:45, Main Stage.
- Tee Shirt Design Contest Winner
6:30, Main Stage.
- John Moss Scholarship Presentation
6:45, Main Stage.
7:00, Main Stage.
One of two local bands given the opportunity to take the main stage this year. According to their website, "The band plays everything from old favorites like Dion and the Belmonts to the most current artists on the radio such as Maroon 5 along with all the crazy stuff in between."
- Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez
8:45, Main Stage.
Ohlman, a singer for the Saturday Night Live band, wasn't able to play last year. So we're making it up to her -- and vice versa -- this year with a two-hour-plus slot that will take it home for the festival on its first night. Get the good seats early!
What to eat:
- Kettle Corn
A festival debut! Stop by Jack's Concessions in the food vendor area to grab some kettle corn and nachos.
- Pulled Pork Sandwich
Thanks to the Boy Scouts, pulled pork sandwiches are back on the menu for the festival. The Boy Scouts Troop 428 is also offering foot-long hot dogs and bacon or sausage and egg sandwiches.
- Lobster Rolls
Check out the Rotary Club's stand for lobster rolls and a ton of other food, including french toast, chicken tenders and steamship round roast beef sandwiches.
- Other Favorites
The Exchange Club will offer fried dough pizza. The Italian-American Club will have subs, hot dogs and gelato. And head to Branford High School's booth for Italian Ices.
A full list of vendors and products is available on the Branford Festival's website. Food is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.