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Main St. USA, Polish Festival and More Coming Back


Several popular City events are returning this year to New Britain in Main Street USA, The Little Poland Festival and Winterfest.

Mayor Erin E. Stewart said Main Street USA will take place on Saturday. Sept. 17 at Walnut Hill Park.

“The first year you get the kinks worked out. The second year it will all be smoother,” said Stewart. “We are going to lower vendor prices to entice more food vendors.”

Stewart revised the popular event which was held several decades ago on Main St.

The City is still working on the music lineup and will also be expanding the kids zone.

Last year the event featured entertainment on two stages. The schedule of events included a DJ game show, the YWCA Dance Crew, a theatre performance by the CT Theatre Company, a magic show by The Amazing Andy, live animal demonstrations and more.

A valid ID enabled admittance into the tented area where beer and wine were served. The beer garden was positioned near the main stage on the Darius Miller Memorial Band Shell so guests did not miss any of the music.

Behind the band shell on the interior loop road of Walnut Hill Park were food vendors selling fried dough and other delicious treats like hot dogs and hamburgers, sausage and peppers, cultural foods, ice cream novelties, sodas and water.

It also included helicopter and air balloon rides. Mayor Stewart said she hopes both will return.

The Little Poland Festival will take place on Sunday, April 24 on Broad St.

This will be the 5th Annual festival and last year featured over 60 vendors besides music, hamster balls and a Kid’s Zone. There was also a video arcade truck, several musicians and musical performances.

An entire schedule of events will be posted prior to the event.

Winterfest is coming back on Friday, Feb. 12 at Walnut Hill Park.

“We haven’t had one in three years.,” said Stewart.

Weather issues have caused postponement of the event.

The winter activities available to the public will include, sledding, interactive inflatables, carnival games, giant trampolines, and more.

Schools have that week off as the event lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The last time the event was held, it also included a D.J. dance party, pony rides, clowns, caricaturists, magicians, four station trampoline, photo booth, ice sculptures by Spring Brook Ice and Fuel Service, face painters, spin art, gladiator joust, carnival games, needle-in-the-haystack treasure hunt, micro car derby, warming fires, and several interactive inflatables.

More details will be released in the next few weeks.