Once again, the Wilton Rotary Club is sponsoring its traditional family carnival, this weekend (Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18) at the corner of School Rd. and Rte. 7. The event is a fundraiser that benefits Rotary’s community improvement projects both locally and internationally.

Carnival hours are:  Friday, Sept. 12, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday Sept. 13, Noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday Sept. 14, Noon-5 p.m.. Staged by Tufano Amusements, the carnival will offer over 20 different rides for a variety of ages as well as several games of chance. Chef Jeff Esaw from the award-winning Famous Jeff’s Barbeque will serve up delicious BBQ as well as carnival staples such as hamburgers, hot dogs and mac n’ cheese. There will also be a drawing for a “Speed Hotrock” Bicycle provided by Outdoor Sports.

Wristbands for unlimited rides will be sold for $25 each for the following time slots:  Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m., Saturday 5-10 p.m., and Sunday 12-5 p.m.. Individual ride tickets are also available. Members of the Rotary Club will be manning the ticket booth and assisting with wristbands.

Rotary Carnival chair Pat Russo says that not only is going to the carnival each September a Wilton family tradition but it’s also a great way to give back to community organizations that need the support now more than ever.

“This is a wonderful, family-friendly event that’s fun for all ages. The rides are great and the games test your skill at winning prizes. We’ll have a lot of good food to offer, plus it’s a terrific way to start off the school year. The carnival is Rotary’s biggest fundraiser, and all proceeds go back into the community to support needed projects as well as global humanitarian programs led by Rotary International.  So be sure to come out and join us over carnival weekend,” Russo says.

Wilton Rotary is a service club with a goal of providing volunteers and funding for local community improvement projects, non-profit agencies, youth leadership initiatives, international humanitarian programs, polio eradication worldwide, and high ethical standards in business. The club meets every Friday for a business lunch at Marly’s Restaurant in Wilton Center.  For information on activities and membership, please visit the Wilton Rotary website.