North Branford Potato Fest Expands to Four-Day Event

The North Branford Corn & Potato Festival is set for Aug. 1 to 4, 2013.


Parks and Recreation Director Pam Gery approached the North Branford Town Council about expanding the North Branford Corn and Potato Festival to a four-day event, adding Thursday evening to the 2013 festivities. The event is schedule for Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

“Thursday could be a winner considering we’re all set up and ready to go anyway,” said Gery. “Plus, it would be a good backup in case of rain.”

Gery also explained that it would a good way to increase the Fest’s revenue – which is taking an extra hit as the Touchdown Club will not be hosting the Cow Chip Raffle this year.

Councilor Rose Angeloni, who worked in the amusement ticket booth last year, suggested a wristband or discount system as “many of the complaints I heard were about how expensive the rides got.” Gery said it would be considered.

The extension to four days was approved unanimously by the Council.

The Council also approved the hiring of a part-time seasonal employee who will help with festival tasks at no more than $12 an hour, which will be paid from the fest’s fund.

Tell us: Will you take advantage of an added day of the Potato Festival?


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James Dwyer January 25, 2013 at 01:23 PM
The North Branford Potato and Corn Festival 2013 should be advertized somewhere along Rte 91, between Exits 8 and 17 on a large roadside bulletin board sign in May to let the people of Connecticut know that this is going to be a four day event this year. Thursday, August 1st------Sunday, August 4th
Donna Abbatiello January 25, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Great news for 4 days. The only thing that we didnt like about the rides is that there was no rides that our 7 year old could go on. Most of the rides were for Little kids or the big kids. It would be great to have rides for kids 6-10. we got the wristband and noticed that there was not many rides he could go on. Thanks
cindy rice January 26, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Why is there no cow chip raffle this year? Hopefully they bring back all the food vendors they have had in previous years, last year was a little scarce. Wrist bands are definitely worth it if they are reasonably priced also.


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