Extreme Heat Forces Changes to Annual Newington Extravaganza

Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits Saturday

Extreme heat in the forecast is forcing Newington to scale back on its annual Life. Be in it. Extravaganza.

The event, which was originally scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mill Pond Park and features carnival rides, vendor booths, performances and a fireworks display will not kick off until 5 p.m., according to the Parks and Recreation Department. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.

Officials said the wristband price for Saturday will be reduced from $30 to $25 due to the changes.

The Extravaganza is an award-winning, multi-day festival that draws tens of thousands to Newington.

“We hope everyone understand the public safety issues that we are facing,” wrote Superintendent of Parks and Recreation William DeMaio in an email. “We hope that you will come and join the Newington Parks and Recreation Family at Mill Pond Park Saturday evening for a night of family fun. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Temperatures in the Hartford area Saturday could run as high as 101 degrees. An excessive heat warning has been issued for the entire state through the weekend.

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