Why are we green today? We want to show off how excited we are to be a media sponsor for the 6th annual Wilton Go Green Festival on Sunday, May 1.

The WGG Festival, represented by Ross Solar Group and Emerald Sponsor Gardel Home Improvement, returns with an exciting array of exhibits, activities and hand-crafted goods for young and old alike. Wildlife ambassadors, electric cars, children’s activities, delicious food, and more than 80 craftsmen, exhibitors, farmers, and purveyors of handmade goods will gather around the Town Green and Wilton Library from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for what promises to be an exciting day of discovery, learning, entertainment, and family fun hosted by Wilton Go Green and the Wilton Library, with support from Emerald Dog Parade Sponsor Blue Buffalo, Gold Sponsor, Nod Hill Soap, Silver Sponsors, Stop&Shop and Realty Seven, and Dog Parade Sponsor South Wilton Veterinary Group.

“This event has become an important feature of Wilton’s intrinsic values and goals,” said Wilton Go Green president Peg Koellmer. “Sustainability is now practiced in all kinds of ways, and WGG helps to make it simple, rewarding and economically viable.”

Festivities begin Sunday morning with the Norwalk River Valley Trail May Day 5K Run, sponsored by Outdoor Sports Center. The race begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Wilton Go Green Festival/Wilton Library parking lot, continues through Merwin Meadows Park and onto the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Registration is $25 (proceeds benefit the NRVT) and all runners receive a T-shirt. Awards will be presented at the festival at 11:30 a.m. to the top three male and female finishers. Runners must register by Saturday, April 30 online and can pick up their registration packets Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Outdoor Sports Center. And don’t forget to bring your old sneaks to be recycled at the Library parking lot anytime during the day Sunday, courtesy of Bay State Textiles.

Later Sunday morning, follow the strains of music, laughter and joyful chatter to Wilton Town Green and the Library parking lot as first selectman Lynne Vanderslice officially opens the Festival. Silk’n Sounds Chorus – Greater New Haven’s premier women’s a cappella chorus specializing in the barbershop harmony style – kick off the live entertainment with their unique repertoire of playful jazz accented by cool chord progressions and sweet rhythms. Live music continues throughout the day with performances by Wilton Steel, Joni Wallace & Friends, The Acoustic Wilton Family, and Open Road.

Children’s activities abound with face painting, creative crafts and activities. Cyril the Sorcerer also will be on hand from noon-1:30 p.m., illuminating the wonders of our planet and the powers we have to protect it. And Woodcock Nature Center’s professional naturalists will introduce festival-goers to several of the center’s native and exotic wildlife, such as frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes.

Enjoy fabulous green shopping and learn from exhibitors eager to share their knowledge of energy conservation, building, transportation, recycling and sustainable living throughout the day. Visitors can even explore what life might be like living in a Tiny House! And be sure to bring your outdated, sensitive files and documents to the Shredding Truck at the Library parking lot between 11 a.m.-4 p.m., sponsored by Winter Bros. Waste Systems.

Cheer on your favorite canine conservationists at 2 p.m. at the much-loved dog parade, courtesy of Emerald Dog Sponsor, Blue Buffalo and Dog Parade Sponsor, South Wilton Veterinary Group. Register your pooch anytime between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for this fun and furry promenade through town center, which begins at the Library parking lot. Pets enjoy prizes and free treats, courtesy of Pet Pantry!

Stroll over to the Library parking lot at 3 p.m. to watch the Westport Electric Car Club Rally finish and check out dozens of gleaming, energy efficient vehicles, including Teslas. If aviation’s more your thing, don’t miss the extraordinary replica of Gustav Whitehead’s plane, purported to be the first in flight. And be sure to peruse WGG’s fabulous silent auction, featuring a terrific variety of goods to help you live a healthier, more sustainable life.

Take a break from the festivities and recharge with one of Skinny Pines Pizza’s tempting, wood-fired brick oven pies made from seasonally sourced ingredients. Or try the Melt Mobile’s version of America’s classic comfort food, the grilled cheese – such as the Insanewich with Angus beef, or the Svelt Melt made with low-fat jarlsberg, grilled veggies and homemade pesto aioli.

Yearning for something a bit more decadent? Wander over to Wilton’s student-run College Creamery and indulge in mouth-watering ice cream and shaved ice. And be sure visit The Farmer’s Cow for refreshing summer beverages.

Join us at the Wilton Go Green Festival and discover the joys and benefits of living sustainably.

Thanks in great part to the support of the WGG Festival sponsors, this year’s event promises to be the best yet.

Title Sponsor:  Ross Solar Group
Emerald Sponsor:  Gardel Home Improvement
Emerald Dog Parade Sponsor:  Blue Buffalo
Gold Sponsor:  Nod Hill Soap
Silver Sponsors:  Stop&Shop, Realty Seven
Dog Parade Sponsor:  South Wilton Veterinary Group
Cyril the Sorcerer Sponsored by:  Paragon Management Group
Shred Truck Sponsored by:  Winter Bros. Waste Systems
Sneaker Recycling Sponsored by:  Bay State Textiles
Green Music Stage Sponsored by:  Wilton Congregational Church
May Day 5K Run Community Partner:  Outdoor Sports Center
Westport Electric Car Club Road Rally Community Partner:  Westport Electric Car Club
Media Sponsors:  GOODMorningWilton.com, News 12 Connecticut, Star 99.9, KidsOutandAbout.com, 95.9Foxonline.com

Incorporated in 2010, WGG is a 501(c)(3) created by a group of citizens to engage the community in conservation and sustainability practices. The group complements the work of the Wilton Energy Commission, in collaboration with Town officials and staff, local schools and also with kindred nonprofits across the state.  To learn more about WGG and to get the most enjoyment from the festival, visit wiltongogreen.org.

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