NORWALK, Conn. -- The Connecticut Tree Festival is returning to Norwalk's Cranbury Park later in May.
The annual spring tribute is set for Saturday, May 17. The festival is a family-oriented day of entertainment and education, dedicated to advancing the place trees occupy in the vitality of the ecology, representatives said. The day includes up to 40 exhibitors in booths on a U-shaped midway. Tree care specialists will also offer kids rides to the treetops either in cherry-pickers or securely strapped in a rope harness, all under supervision.
"Everything in the park is free to the public--admission, parking, door prizes, even a picnic-style lunch, juice or bottled water included," representatives said. "Exhibitors also pay nothing. And they are not permitted to sell merchandise or services on the grounds. In other words, no one has to put their hand in their pocket on-site for anything."
Exhibitors include The Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, Crisis of Weston, Earthplace of Westport and Connecticut’s Search and Rescue dog team.
Appearing for the first time is the Art Academy of Weir Farm in Wilton.
The festival runs rain or shine between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 17 and includes a mid-day ceremony that will feature an eastern redbud tree planting to honor the late Dick Aime, who died last year at age 93 after many years as secretary of the Norwalk Tree Alliance.
Additional information is available by calling the Norwalk Customer Service Center at 203.854.3200.