FIRST SELECTMAN HERBST ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TRUMBULL DAY
Herbst: “The elements of Trumbull Day will become part of Trumbull’s Fall Festival, held over an entire weekend, where we celebrate our Town in conjunction with the annual Trumbull Arts Festival”
May 20, 2015 - - After months of deliberation with senior staff, First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst announced on Wednesday that the traditional Trumbull Day, held at the end of June each year, will now be held in September. Trumbull Day will now become part of Trumbull’s Fall Festival, with activities occurring on September 12th and September 13th of this year. The traditional day of rides, food, vendors and fireworks will take place on Saturday, September 12th and the annual Trumbull Arts Festival will take place on September 13th. “The elements of Trumbull Day will become part of Trumbull’s Fall Festival, held over an entire weekend, where we celebrate our Town in conjunction with the annual Trumbull Arts Festival,” stated First Selectman Herbst. “The Arts Festival represents the best of Trumbull and reflects rich traditions within our community. I can think of no better way to bring our Town together and celebrate our community than by creating a weekend of events that honors long standing traditions that maximize participation among our residents.” The First Selectman noted that the venue will also change, with the September 12th activities being moved to Indian Ledge Park.
“In conversations I have had with senior staff, it has been determined that moving the venue to Indian Ledge Park will result in substantial savings concerning operational costs that have been associated with the traditional Trumbull Day located at the Hillcrest fields,” stated the First Selectman. “At the same time, the Indian Ledge Park venue can accommodate more people with better traffic flow, making the event more enjoyable and better to manage.” The First Selectman noted that in recent years participation has declined with the event being held at the end of June. The two reasons he cites for this decline are families on summer vacation and the Town of Trumbull competing with many other area events. The First Selectman noted that by having the event in the middle of September when school is back in session and the weather being more reasonable, participation should increase from town residents, especially with less events occurring in the region during that same timeframe. The First Selectman also took the opportunity to address the existing Trumbull Day Commission.
“There have been a tremendous number of resignations from the commission within the last several months. There are not enough members to constitute a quorum and hold regular meetings. Further, both political parties have not sent nominations to my office for this commission in more than year,” stated Herbst. “Based upon this lack of engagement, lack of quorum and lack of interest, my administration has determined that we must move forward with providing our residents with an annual festival that integrates all of the elements of Trumbull Day with a weekend that celebrates our community as a whole. I have every confidence that this festival will become an annual tradition that allows us to have pride in our past so we may have faith in our future.”