HEBRON | Town officials' original plan to host a street fair began five years ago as what Hebron Clerk-Treasurer Terri Wayood described as "an accidental idea."
On Saturday, Hebron's annual end-of-summer celebration fostering community fun brought out a crowd of festivalgoers and more than 30 vendors.
"At the time of the first street festival five years ago, our stretch of Main Street had already been closed down to traffic because of the big roadwork project that was going on, so everyone thought, 'Why not make the most of it and host a gathering event?'" Wayood said.
The Hebron Street Festival again closed down Main Street on Saturday, and vendors set up tents for food booths, games, music and information tables.
Carey Thalmann, of the Hebron Lion's Club, said his organization has participated in the street festival all five years, offering children's activities such as ring toss and a face-painting station.
"Time together as a community is always important, and this event builds pride," Thalmann said. "It's also a chance for people from the surrounding towns and areas to visit and experience Hebron for an afternoon."
Kim Robinson, of Hebron, brought her daughter Skyler Schoff, 5, to the celebration for a fifth year. They continued a family tradition by stopping at the Lion's Club booth for face painting, courtesy of Amoreena Roll, 13, of Hebron.
"Every year this is a chance to see friends and neighbors and share what's left of our nice weather before summer slips away," Robinson said.
Dan Gross, wife Jackie and their 2-year-old daughter Kara were attending the festival for the first time.
"We've lived in Hebron for four years, but never made it to this street fest," Jackie Gross said.
"But we love the annual Fourth of July parade, so we knew this would also be great for the chance to walk the downtown. Now, we know we'll be back next year," she said.