WILTON — Town Manager Rhonda Irish told selectmen Tuesday that last weekend’s Wilton Blueberry Festival was another success from the town’s perspective.

Members of Friends of Wilson Lake, who offered free boat rides Friday afternoon, agreed, according to President Wynn Muller and his wife, Sandy. Members gave 240 boat rides in two hours, Sandy Muller said. Six pontoon boats were driven by FOWL members.

There were eight people left when an afternoon shower stopped the rides, she said, but they were given rain checks.

In the past 13 years, more than 3,000 free boat rides have been given, Wynn Muller said.

“It’s lake access for people who don’t own boats,” he said.

When a couple of people from an area group home and their attendants took a ride, “it was the best experience,” Sandy said. The rider saw an eagle and loons.

FOWL shuts down the boat launch during the three hours and one boater objected this year. The town owns the boat launch and has the right to close it, Selectman Tom Saviello said.

Town departments were meeting this week to share comments, suggestions and costs for their part in the festival, Irish said. The public works and recreation, police, fire departments all work on it to provide a safe festival, she added.

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