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Gilmore Girls fans will flock to CT this weekend for festival

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Washington Food Market will be one of several businesses participating in Gilmore Girls Fan Fest. (WFSB) Washington Food Market will be one of several businesses participating in Gilmore Girls Fan Fest. (WFSB)
WASHINGTON DEPOT, CT (WFSB) -

Sixteen years ago, millions of people fell in love with the story of Lorelei and Rory Gilmore, a mother and daughter living in a small Connecticut town.

This weekend, fans will be flocking to the small town of Washington Depot.

The tiny town, along with some other communities across the state, directly inspired the show’s creator to make the fictional world, where the Gilmore girls lived.

"It's really cool to see that this show throughout the years has fostered such a loving community and fans,” said Emelie Samuelson, of Washington.

She started watching Gilmore Girls with her mom when it first came out. She told her, years ago, that she wanted to live in a town like Stars Hollow. And now she does.

Samuelson works at the Hickory Stick Bookshop, which will host a few events this upcoming weekend as part of the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest.

Thousands of fans are expected to flock to Connecticut and take part in several themed activities.

"We are having an event with Andrew who owns the bookshop in the show,” Samuelson said.

During the three day event, there will be screenings of the show and a cast panel, along with a look behind-the-scenes with casting directors and writers.

"It's so exciting ... what a wonderful show,” said Pat Desanto, of Danbury.

For fans of the show, who didn't get their hands on a coveted ticket, they enjoyed walking around town ... ahead of the big festivities.

"I'm walking around and saying, ‘Oh I recognize this ... this is where the cat was buried and where Patty's dance studio was.’ I'm remembering all of the episodes by walking around here,” Desanto said.

While it will be a special weekend for fans of the show, the business community says they're anticipating a boom in business ... with lots of customers.

"We have a lot great things in the community that we wanted to highlight and could highlight to a captive audience in a short amount of time,” said Lisa Stein, manager of Washington Food Market.

When it came to planning this event, First Selectman Mark Lyon said it was contingent on the support from the community, and whether or not they thought this would be feasible.

"I worked closely with our economic development committee, as well as our business association, to make sure that they were supportive and interested in the event,” Lyon said.

The event kicks off on Friday and runs through Sunday.

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