A bevy of local businesses enjoyed their time in the sun this past Saturday, July 22, when the Wilton Chamber of Commerce hosted its 11th Annual Street Fair & Sidewalk Sales event in Wilton Center.

Dozens upon dozens of businesses were represented, along with many nonprofits, performers and local service groups. Chamber Executive Director Camille Carriero estimated 700-800 people attended.

Dr. Ashleigh Sebro, owner of Wilton Pediatric Dentistry, has participated in the fair since opening five years ago. Like many of the businesses, Sebro was handing out treats, prizes and more for kids and adults.

“It’s one of our favorite events of the year,” Sebro said. “We love seeing our patients come by and say ‘Hi,’ and meeting new people.”

Thanks in part to help from Wilton CERT volunteers, as well as police and fire personnel, Old Ridgefield Rd. was closed off from Godfrey Rd. to the Village Market, with traffic diverted through the afternoon.

“It’s such a big fair for the community,” said Liz Romeo, director of the Wilton location of Westy Self-Storage, which has participated in the event for years.

“We love to come every year,” she said. “It really has brought a lot of business to us over the years.”

Likewise, Sarah Lee Michaels, co-owner of Break A Leg Productions and an established voice teacher in town, finds the fair a great venue for expanding business and sharing the work of her students in performances.

“I love the fair because all my voice singers are going to be singing today, so it gives us an opportunity to showcase,” she said, adding, “And it’s a beautiful day.”

If there’s anything the fair is meant to accomplish, as Kristin Nagle of Wilton discovered, this is the perfect place to shine some light on Wilton’s lesser-known businesses.

“It’s great,” Nagle said. “I had no idea we had so many local businesses here, so it’s a great thing.”

The story was updated to include an estimate of people who visited the street fair.