Where was I on this glorious late summer afternoon? Where else but Jarvis Stadium in Ansonia for the first Ansonia Football Challenge and Firemen’s BBQ competition?
Based on my experience, the stir that Stratford Public Schools created for pulling out of this fest ultimately didn’t amount to a hill of beans (which is too bad, because those at least could have been used in the chili.)
Aside from all the bugs that invaded the complex early, this turned out to be a nice relaxing event, to which would have gladly have taken my family. Ansonia’s youth football teams and cheerleaders played around; the live band rocked, the ice cream bus kept everyone cool, and the pulled pork sandwiches and ribs were to die for.
The only things missing were hay rides and Ferris wheels.
I’m certain the Bunnell and Central people would have approved. But I guess we’ll never know.
Oh, and by the way, there just happened to be a football scrimmage going on on the other side of the complex. Some people didn’t even bother with the entertainment and made a beeline for the stands. They were too busy trying to get a sneak peek at these perennial powerhouses.