Torrington Fire Marshall Ed Bascetta getting dunked in a dunk tank during Torrington PAL’s Summer Fest. The two day event was held on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31 all in downtown Torrington.
Torrington Fire Marshall Ed Bascetta getting dunked in a dunk tank during Torrington PAL’s Summer Fest. The two day event was held on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31 all in downtown Torrington.
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TORRINGTON —  The Torrington Police Activities League (PAL) held its 14th annual Summer Fest on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31.

According to the organization’s website, PAL serves over 800 children ages 5 to 18 in the Northwest Corner with activities that promote character development, and self-esteem. 

It also works in partnership with the Torrington Police Department with providing children alternatives to crime, violence, and substance abuse. 

The event included a carnival with rides, games, and food at the downtown plaza.

A cruise night was held on July 30 featuring classic cars all lined up and down main street.

On July 31, a backpack and school supply giveaway was held at Franklin Street Plaza.

Also at the plaza were booths from local area schools and organizations providing information about their services.

On Main Street, three on three basketball tournaments were held along with various games including cornhole, and a giant Jenga game.

“This event brings everybody together and it shows all of the families all the wonderful resources in our community,” event co-organizer Donna Labbe said. “It’s extremely important for families to see all the resources we have in the city, especially in this day and age, and they need to know where to get it.”

Labbe added “if anyone wants to help for next year, we are always looking for monetary donations in order to help buy backpacks.”

For more information on the Torrington Police Activities League go to torringtonpal.org.

Photos by Shaw Israel Izikson

Photos by Chris Rabago

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