The threat of high winds and heavy rainfall Sunday from Hurricane Irene has forced the Naugatuck school district to cancel its popular .
The fair was originally going to be held Sunday on the Naugatuck Green, starting at 1 p.m. If it rained, the plan was to move the event inside to the Naugatuck Senior Center.
But due to the weather forecast, which is calling for heavy rain and winds possibly 50 mph and over, the district decided Thursday afternoon to cancel the event altogether and not hold it in the indoor location, said Assistant Superintendent Brigitte Crispino.
“If it just rained, it would be fine because we could move it indoors,” Crispino said.
But with the threat of high winds, falling trees, falling wires and the possibility of the power going out, the district decided to play it safe and not hold the event, she said.
“You don’t want somebody to be driving down the street and have a tree come down,” Crispino said. “I’d rather have to err on the side of caution.”
Many of the local non-profit groups that were scheduled to partake in the fair had already begun cancelling due to the hurricane, she said. Because of the demands of the start of the school year the fair will not be rescheduled, Crispino said.
A raffle scheduled for the education fair will still go on, however, during the first day of school on Wednesday. Each of the students in the district will get a raffle ticket when they come for their first day on Aug. 31. toward a free backpack stuffed with school supplies and a gift card to Walmart, Crispino said. The winner will be announced later.