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People living in New Fairfield, CT have the added benefit of being one of five towns that borders the beautiful Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in Connecticut. Candlewood was created when a valley was flooded with waters from the Housatonic and Rocky Rivers, to produce hydro-electic power for the region. Today the lake is a magnet for fishermen, water skiers, kayakers, divers and participants in a variety of water sports like tubing. When not enjoying Candlewood Lake, residents can often be found at Squantz Pond State Park, which allows swimming, scuba diving, fishing, hiking and boating. The 170 acre park abuts the 1100 acre Pootatuck State Forest. The Department of Parks and Recreation also runs several smaller park, such as Williams Pond (with skating in the winter), Hidden Valley Nature Center, Memorial Field, and Ball Pond. They also run a marina on Candlewood Lake, and a an adjacent park. Camps for children, as well as sports classes for both children and adults are sponsored by the department. New Fairfield used to be more of a summer destination, with many second homes treated as seasonal, especially around the lake. However, these days most residents live here year-round. Other communities on the lake, however, still have a large number of seasonal residences. Shuttle buses run loops to take residents to the nearest train stations, as well as nearby communities and destinations like the Danbury Mall, and several hospitals, and other shopping destinations like Stew Leonards, Target, and Shop Rite. A new tradition, the Holiday Lights parade, is held every year in late November. Other events in New Fairfield include a strawberry festival, cemetery tour,

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