WALLINGFORD — The Wallingford 350+2 Jubilee celebration will be highlighting children during Youth Day on June 24.
Starting at 10 a.m, there will be a camp extravaganza at Doolittle Park. Town-based summer camp programs will band together to host outdoor activities for children.
“The celebration itself, 352 years of celebrating the town of Wallingford, we go across all age groups,” said Sean Doherty, Wallingford YMCA executive director and Jubilee committee member. “This really focuses on the youth and youth during summer time. What says that more than a summer camp program? We’re just going to have a great event that day and just let the kids have fun and be kids.”
Any camps or summer programs that want to participate should contact the Wallingford YMCA.
Around noon, lunch will be provided by McDonald’s in Wallingford. Owner Ted Zafiris said his business will provide around 500 Happy Meals.
“How can we not be part of (the Jubilee?),” Zafiris said. “Wallingford is home. It’s been a fantastic place to grow up in, it continues to be a great place to do business in, it’s always been very supportive in anything that we’ve asked to do with construction projects and things like that.”
At 3 p.m. in front of Town Hall there will be a 45 minute Simon Sez performance led by Steve Max, a professional Simon Sez caller, and hosted by the Wallingford Parks and Recreation department.
“He’s traveled all over the world doing this,” said Michelle Bjorkman, superintendent of recreation. “We’re just hoping to invite as many families and kids, but primarily kids to the event. It’s a free event. He’s going to be up on stage and we’ll have different judges out in the audience and will be calling people out as they don’t follow the calls.
“We had (Steve Max)...probably 15 years ago, and he’s grown to such a degree as far as events that he does, major halftime shows,” Bjorkman added.
After the Simon Sez event, there will be the block dance downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Around 9:30 p.m there will be fireworks at Sheehan High School.