NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) -- Downtown New London is expected to be packed this weekend with an annual event sailing into the city starting Friday morning.
There are expected to be more than 200 vendors, three tall ships, and two America's Cup boats, not to mention several stages for a variety of performances along State and Bank streets. Hygienic Art is starting off Friday night with the band Step Kids.
"We're so excited, we really feel like the art park is a real oasis in the center of New London," said Alison Kaufman, Hygienic Art.
The Hygienic Art gallery will also be open for the 300,000 expected to descend on the downtown area over the three-day event.
"Our big attraction is a good price on used goods," said Suzanne Berkman, New London Antiques Center.
A stuffed lion may also be a big attraction for the New London Antiques Center.
"There are points during the Sailfest where the store is just literally packed," Berkman. "There's people all over the store and it wouldn't normally be like that on a regular day."
Organizers of Sailfest also hope to organize a world record in conjunction with the folks at the High 5 Sports Bar. They want folks to line up along Bank Street at 1:45 Sunday afternoon ready to high 5 their neighbor.
A high 5 chain fit for the record books and a weekend many hope goes down in the history books.
"Please come down to Sailfest, it's the best," said New London resident Thomas Charles.
Of course the highlight of Sailfest has always been the fireworks. They're set to go off at about 9:20 Saturday night. Don't forget you can take a train into the city, Shoreline East is running a special train from New Haven to New London.
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