WALLINGFORD — Claudia Tovar started attending the Annual Parish Bazaar at Most Holy Trinity Church twenty-one years ago when she moved to town from Mexico.
Since then she has attended every year with her friends and now brings her own children.
The bazaar is traditionally held in June, but because of Covid-19-related restrictions, organizers decided to postpone the event to this month. It will run Wednesday, Sept. 22, through Friday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the church, 84 N. Colony St.
Maria Avila, director of faith formation at Holy Trinity, said the event will have most of its traditional offerings and one new addition — food trucks. The trucks will offer traditional carnival food and some healthy options. Los Mariachis, a Mexican restaurant in town, will also have a food truck at the event.
When Tovar started attending the bazaar in high school, her favorite part was the rides. Her favorite today are the donuts, which she enjoys with a cup of coffee in the evening. For her children, the rides are on top of the list, she said.
Avila said the bazaar offers donuts that are “very famous” and there is normally a line of people waiting to buy them. They are also one of her favorite parts of the event.
Tovar said the bazaar is also good way to catch up with friends.
The church is located downtown, not far from the busy intersection of Route 5 and Center Street.
“It’s a central area where most of the cars will pass by and they’ll see the scene of the carnival rides and we have a wonderful flow of families coming in to participate in the games and the rides,” Avila said.
Avila, who is Mexican and has lived in Wallingford for 30 years, said one of the things she enjoys the most is the crowds.
“It’s just such a wonderful community builder for the town of Wallingford and for our parish as well,” Avila said.
Entrance to the bazaar is free. Tickets for the rides can be purchased in advance at the parish or at the ticket booth during the bazaar.
For more details, visit https://mhtwallingford.org.