EDITORIAL: Area fall festivals return

We’ll admit it. We got a little down taking note every time something got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was a long list — the Daffodil Festival, the Puerto Rican Festival, the Apple Harvest Festival, to name just a few — and it was no fun to be reminded of how the precautions, as necessary as they were, were taking away so much.

Turnabout is fair play, as the saying goes, so now it seems perfectly fitting that as the future looks brighter we can go into a little detail about the fairs and festivals that are returning.

It needs to be mentioned that the pandemic is not through with us, however, and it’s always worth imploring people to take the necessary precautions against the virus spread, but the return of traditional fun is worth celebrating, and these events deserve support.

The following autumn celebrations were mentioned recently in a Record-Journal story. The Cheshire Fall Festival took place over the weekend, but the following remain on the horizon:

The Durham Fair returns for its 101st year after sitting out 2020. The fair runs from Sept. 23 to Sept. 26. Opening night features fireworks, starting at 9 p.m.

Celebrate Wallingford returns in a reduced fashion on Oct. 2, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There’s food, music and arts and crafts. 

Southington’s Apple Harvest Festival takes place over two weekends, on Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, and Oct. 8 to Oct. 10. There’s a parade on opening day.

The Big E is back, taking place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The special day for Connecticut is Sept. 22.

No doubt these are going to be popular, considering that for more than a year and a half now people have had to go without such activities.

We look forward to the return of all types of fun, and hope continued efforts against the virus will allow it.

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