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Zip line added to New Canaan sidewalk sale

Published 11:14 am, Friday, July 19, 2013
  • A photo provided by Steve Karl of the type of zipline Karl Chevrolet will provide for the sidewalk sale. Photo: File Photo
    A photo provided by Steve Karl of the type of zipline Karl Chevrolet will provide for the sidewalk sale. Photo: File Photo

 

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The addition of a zip line will take the New Canaan annual sidewalk sale to new heights above Main Street on Saturday.

The zip line will be 100 feet long and will be set up between Crew Cuts and New Balance, said Steve Karl, co-owner of Karl Chevrolet, which will provide the zip line.

Tucker Murphy, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the sidewalk sale, said the zip line will accommodate 50 to 60 rides per hour.

"Every year, Karl Chevy does something for the sidewalk sale. Last year, they had a mechanical surfboard," Murphy said. "They've really outdone themselves this year. It's going to be fun."

Karl said the idea for the zip line came from a brainstorming session with his son.

"I was sitting with my son a few months ago and he said, `What are we doing for the sidewalk sale?' and I said, `We're running a zip line down Elm Street.' And then I looked into it and we actually found a mobile zip line," Karl recalled.

In the end, Karl determined Main Street would work better for Main Street. He said the zip line will be good for kids, who frequently don't have a lot to do while their parents shop, but that it doesn't have to be just for kids, as the weight limit is 280 pounds. He said targets may be set up for riders, who would throw bean bags at them during their rides and have a chance to win a prize.

Murphy said that this year's sidewalk sale, with 130 stands, will be even bigger than last year's, which was capped at 100. To accommodate the extra merchants, the chamber planned to use the entire length of Forest Street, only about half of which has been used in the past.

Murphy said she expects more than 6,000 people to attend the event, which, along with the Holiday Stroll, is the most popular of the year in New Canaan. The date of this year's sale was positioned so as not to conflict with that of Greenwich or Darien, which took place last weekend.

Murphy also agreed, at the encouragement of Karl, to be the first to test out the zip line Saturday morning.

The annual Village Fair and Sidewalk Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in on Main and Elm and Forest streets in downtown New Canaan.

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