Local events go on as planned thanks to Isabel's departure

Lots of people are still breathing big sighs of relief following the storm that wasn't in southwestern Connecticut. Luckily, as the threat of Hurricane Isabel diminished for the region, so did the fears about canceling long-anticipated events.

Saturday was a picture-perfect day for pony rides and thrills aboard the Dragon Coaster at the 29th annual Orange Country Fair. Earlier in the week, organizers feared Hurricane Isabel would turn the tradition into a wash out.

In Westport, Isabel threatened to wipe out the 2nd annual Castles in the Sand Contest, which is a major fundraiser for the Interfaith Housing Authority (IHA). Officials there considered calling it off on Monday, but decided to wait it out and are glad they did. In the end, more than 20 teams put their creative minds and muscles to work to raise money for IHA's programs, which include a food pantry and transitional housing.

Back in 1985, Hurricane Gloria washed out the first two days of Norwalk's International Boat Show, but they rebounded on the Saturday with a record-breaking crowd. This Saturday looks to be a close rival to the crowd in 1985.

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