Wind forces down balloons, but sun shines as Greenwich ‘goes wild’

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Go Wild featured a petting zoo that allowed kids to get up close and personal with several animals, including Tucker Eddy who bonded with a goat over their shared love of fresh apples.  — John Ferris Robben photo

Go Wild featured a petting zoo that allowed kids to get up close and personal with several animals, including Tucker Eddy who bonded with a goat over their shared love of fresh apples.
— John Ferris Robben photo

A day of rain on Saturday might have made a few people nervous, but when the calendar turned to Sunday the clouds rolled away, the sun came out and everyone had perfect weather to “Go Wild.”

The annual event celebrated the start of fall with a festive atmosphere this past Sunday at the Greenwich Polo Club at Conyer’s Farm. Go Wild has become an extremely popular event for the whole family and, after rain all day Saturday, it was a relief to see sun on Sunday.

The only downside was that the strong winds on Sunday prevented those hot air balloons, which are such a beloved part of the annual outdoor festival, from getting up into the air. But even with that disappointment kids still got a chance to get inside the balloon’s buckets to see what they’re like and there was still plenty for families to enjoy. There was music, food, games and lots of family fun, including a petting zoo for the kids and a mechanical bull for the very brave.

There was also a new activity this year as people could participate in bungee trampoline jumping as they, with a bungee cord attached, jumped onto a trampoline for some enhanced bouncing fun. This joined popular mainstays like the cherry pickers that take people 60 feet up into the air and more ground based fun like face painting and fly fishing demonstrations.

Go Wild is put together every year by the Greenwich Land Trust, which has the event as one of its biggest fund-raisers of the year. The GLT maintains 737 acres of land in town and strives to “…protect the environmental health of our community, preserve its natural beauty and conserve its waterways, forests and wildlife for this and future generations.”

GLT Executive Director Virginia Gwynn told the Post, “It was a fine, fun fall day for all of us. I think everyone had a great time and it’s always wonderful to see generations of extended families joining us. It really was a lot of fun for everyone there.”

More information is available online at Gltrust.org.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was at the scene for the event and more photos will be available Monday online at Greenwich-post.com.

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