Svetlana and Mark Bettera at the La Trattoria Food Court booth at the 2014 Sam Collins Day.
Photo by John Fitts
Focus on Canton Will Host a September Walk for Food and Fuel on the Traditional Event Weekend
By John Fitts
Sam Collins Day will be on “hiatus” for 2016, according to event organizers.
Last year marked the 21st annual event for the business expo and community fair. It included business tents, community organization booths, a Taste of Canton, art demonstrations, live music, children’s games and more. The bulk of the activities took place at the Canton Volunteer Fire Department Inc. field on Canton Springs Road, with additional events in downtown Collinsville.
Rina Pane, Treasurer of the Sam Collins Day committee, said the decreased participation and attendance in 2015 was the driving factor in canceling the event this year.
“It’s not happening this year due to a drop off in attendance and participation from the business community, which historically carried much of the cost – in their own best interests,” Pane said “We’re concerned about the Connecticut economy and how the affects our participants.”
Named after the founder of the now defunct Collins Company, the event was sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce, Canton Lions Club, Rotary Club of Avon-Canton and the town.
While the crowds in 2015 were down, Sam Collins Day Committee chairwoman Mary Tomolonius said event attendance has been good in the past and she expects it will return in a revamped form.
“More than likely the event will happen again in 2017,” Tomolonius said. … Continue Reading