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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Stafford School Complex


SummerFest & Fireworks returns to Stafford to celebrate summer

with food trucks, live music, dazzling pyrotechnics, and more!

Stafford SummerFest & Fireworks returns to kick off summer with live music, sought-after food trucks, lawn games, fun activities, and a dazzling pyrotechnics display. A cornerstone town event, all activities will take place at the campus at Stafford High School. 

The evening commences at 5:00pm with a diverse selection of regional food trucks and mobile eateries. Menus feature an array of options including international street fare, farm-to-table selections, desserts and sweets, classic fair favorites, and more. Local community groups will also join the lineup, showcasing their local work and services, while sharing opportunities for involvement. Additionally, the Stafford Lion’s Club is hosting a Cornhole Tournament from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lawn games and art activities will offer fun for kids and families.


Admission and parking are free, all activities will take place at the Stafford High School, located at 145 Orcuttville Road in Stafford, Connecticut. The rural venue provides sprawling fields lush with grass and unobstructed views that are virtually void of ambient light – it’s a choice spot to spread out a blanket and enjoy this year’s fireworks. Parking and viewing areas will be designated throughout the complex. 


Due to enclimate weather, SummerFest will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

Event announcements, activity schedules, and the civic group roster will be rolling out - follow Explore Stafford CT and Stafford SummerFest & Fireworks to get the latest updates on all things SummerFest!



An amazing lineup of food trucks and mobile eateries join Stafford SummerFest & Fireworks on June 28, offering diverse menu selections featuring an array of options including international street fare, farm-to-table selections, desserts and sweets, classic favorites, and more. The 2023 lineup includes:


Backroads Smokin' BBQ - Low, slow BBQ & all the sides

Cousins Maine Lobster - Nationally known and locally owned, bringing Maine lobster to our neighborhood!

Craftbird Food Truck - Incredible chicken sandwhiches decked with house-made ingredients

Holyoke Hummus Company - Falafel, hummus, and other Middle Eastern treats

Ice Cream Depot - joining us from Stafford's Main Street with fresh scooped ice cream selections!

Jeff's Kettle Corn - Hand crafted popcorn in variety of gourmet, all-natural flavors.

Kona Ice of Manchester - Coolest shave ice truck in town!

La Mesa Food Truck - Gourmet Puerto Rican classics with an American twist: empanadas, tacos, burritos & more!

Square Peg Pizzeria - Delicious wood-fired pizzas

Taylor Spring Farm - Bringing fresh, local, farm-to-truck food: burgers, fun fry combos & more!

True Adventure Coffee - Traveling specialty coffee business featuring pour-over and cold brew.

Udder Delights - Moo Crew serving packaged ice cream, frozen desserts, and old fashioned soda



Local community groups and civic organizations join the lineup in 2023, showcasing their respective projects and services, while sharing opportunities for involvement.

American Legion  -  Legion Service Officer Networking

Athletic Boosters  -  Fundraiser! Hot dogs, hamburgers, candy, etc. at Football Field Consessions Booth

Class of 2025  -  Light Ups, juice boxes & snacks

Class of 2026  -  Glow Sticks & Light Ups

CT Harm Reduction Alliance - Prevention Education Information

EASTCONN Head Start Program - Info for families with children ages birth to three, and free giveaways!

Events & Celebrations Committee  -  Field Games, relay races, pie eating contest & more from 5:30pm - 8:00pm on the football field!

North Central District Health Department  -  Community Resources Offerings

Safe Net  -  Complimentary Water & Community Resources

Stafford Lion's Club  -  Corn Hole Tournament Competion - with cash prizes!

Stafford RTC  -  Bake sale, lemonade and soft pretzels; Voter Registration

Stafford Youth Football  -  Registration & Program Information

Summer Rec Camp Program  -  Collaborative painting project, bubbles, and kid activities.

The Network  -  Activity sheets, calming exercises, healthy relationships handouts, free giveaways.

United States Air and Space Force  -  Advanced Military Aircraft & Aviation Program Information 



Practice from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, tournament begins at 6:00pm. 
$10 per person/$20 per team

16 regulation boards with play according to ACO Official RulesTakes place on the

south-edge of the High School Soccer Field. No partner? No problem! Individuals will be matched with a teammate, if needed. Team play determined by draw.  Proceeds benefit program and services of the Stafford Lions Club.

On the High School Soccer Field! 



From 5:30pm - 8:00pm on the Football Field

We are thrilled to invite all children to participate in the exciting lineup of activities at the upcoming Stafford SummerFest! This is a fantastic opportunity for kids to showcase their skills, have a blast, and make unforgettable memories.

2023 Schedule: 

5:30 PM - Egg & Spoon Relay Race

5:50 PM - Silly Clothes Relay Race

6:15 PM - Pie Eating Contest

6:40 PM - Water Balloon Toss

7:00 PM - Penguin Race

7:20 PM - 1 V 1 Tug to Victory

7:40 PM - Hot Potato

Getting Here

  • Stafford High School: 145 Orcuttville Rd, Stafford Springs, CT 06076

  • All traffic will enter from Orcuttville Road/Route 319 ONLY.

Traffic & Safety


Getting Here​

  • Stafford High School: 145 Orcuttville Rd, Stafford Springs, CT 06076

  • All traffic will enter from Orcuttville Road/Route 319 ONLY.

  • Vehicle entry closes are 9:30 p.m. or when the complex is full. A one-way exit strategy will be implemented when the event concludes – vehicles will not be permitted to enter the complex at this time. Those picking up household members from event must be aware of this traffic pattern and plan accordingly or stay onsite for the duration.

  • Always drive with caution, this is a high-volume vehicle and pedestrian event.   

  • Onsite parking is expected to be tight. We strongly encourage event-goes to carpool, if possible. 

  • Guests must adhere to posted signs and instructions from event and traffic personnel.


Parking areas (see map detailed below):

  • High School, 145 Orcuttville Road

  • Handicapped accessible parking: Back Loop @ H.S.

  • Stafford Public Library, 10 Levinthal Run

  • Elementary School, 11 Levinthal Run

  • County Road, 1-way traffic (toward Furnace Avenue)

  • Roadsides as directed.



Sections of the Levinthal Run Paving/Reclamation Project have begun and catch basins along the roadsides in these milled areas are raised. Please use caution when driving/walking in these areas.

Golf Cart Shuttles

For those needing mobility assistance or transportation, a golf cart shuttle service will be available with drop-off/pickup location at the front loop of the High School.  


For event updates follow


Made possible with support from Stafford Savings Bank






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