Once Upon a Time: Some of the History of the Danbury Fair

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Join the Sherman Library Thursday, June 27th at 7:00pm at the Library for Once Upon a Time: Some of the History of the Danbury Fair, an illustrated talk with John Cilio, author, historian and lecturer.

The Danbury Fair was an annual extravaganza that began in 1869 and captivated people from all corners of the region for over a century. Whether it was the thrilling rides, the spectacular big top events, the exhilarating races, or the enticing midway attractions, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The festive villages and daily parade added to the excitement, making it a beloved tradition for generations.

Sadly, the Danbury Fair came to a close, with an estimated 400,000 attendees bidding farewell to this iconic event. The Danbury Fair Mall now stands in its place. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the fun and tradition of the Danbury Fair celebrating decades of history of this unforgettable event!

John Cilio is a fascinating historical storyteller, author, and researcher who has been captivating audiences with his tales of the past for over 15 years. As a proud member of the Organization of American Historians and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, John has shared his wealth of knowledge through numerous articles in national magazines and newspapers. Currently residing in Sherman, Connecticut, John Cilio continues to inspire and educate with his captivating storytelling and in-depth research. Get ready to be transported through time and experience history though period stories and vintage photographs.

This program is free and is offered by the Sherman Library in person at the Sherman Library. Register online at shermanlibrary.org/registration-dropdown or contact slprograms@biblio.org.