The Connecticut Tree Festival has returned to Norwalk for the 10th year in a row.
"The day is perfect," said Dan Landau of the Norwalk Tree Alliance. "We expect probably over 1,500 people."
Residents gathered at Cranbury Park to celebrate trees on Saturday as Mayor Harry Rilling declared May 17th as Connecticut Tree Festival Day for the city of Norwalk.
"It's a good thing to have trees and the city maintains its trees pretty well."
Norwalk has been recognized annually as a tree city U.S.A. since 2005. The annual free event is sponsored by the Norwalk Tree Alliance, the Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee and the Wilton Garden Club. It brings together 40 local and state exhibitors and honors individuals and organizations committed to restoring urban forestry.
"For shop owners and store owners, it's proven that trees increase the value of their income and of course kids love to climb the trees," said Christine Names, volunteer of the Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee.
The festival's newest demonstration, involved tomography innovation. Similar to that of a CAT scan, the device is able detect internal decay within a tree though sound waves and electrical resistance.
"Sound travels rapidly through non-decayed wood, and travels poorly through decayed wood and because of that strong correlation, we measure that rate at which sound travels through the wood and we are able to detect where the wood is decayed and where it is not decayed," said forest pathologist Robert Marra.
Another popular device at the festival was the portable saw mill, capable of sawing a tree as long as 25 feet long and 6 feet in diameter.
"The nice thing about this mill is that it's portable," said George Bell, owner of Cut and Dry Saw Mill. "It's very easy to move wherever you go. It will actually saw a perfect beam up to eight to seventeen inches."
Each year the festival is made possible through community volunteers and donations.