By Lindsay Carey
For the third year, the fairy godmothers of the Orchard Valley Garden Club in Southington will host the fairy festival at the Apple Harvest Festival. However, this year, the club is hosting a competition for the public.
The public will receive ballets to vote on the best houses and there will be cash prices of $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third place winners.
“We want to try something new and see what people come up with,” said Orchard Valley Garden Club President Marge Muzyczka.
The fairy houses and gardens are normally made by the Orchard Valley Garden Club, however, after several requests from visitors last year, the club decided to open an opportunity up to the public.
“I enjoy making them. It is different that my “day job” as it taps into my creative side. It’s play,” said Carol Grant, an Orchard Valley Club member.
Adults and kids alike have enjoyed the fairy festival in years past.
Muzyczka said that creativity and imagination are the most important materials needed to create a fairy house.
“Last year we had seashore houses made with seashells, a fairy village with a church, curiosity shop, famers market and snail mail station,” said Muzyczka. “We’ve had homes for different kinds of fairies like a plum house for a plum fairy, a rose house for a rose fair, an Iceland kind of home for a snow fairy, feather fairies. It can be anything, whatever you can dream up.”
Muzyczka said she built a house for Lorelai, a water fairy, complete with a bridge and a river made out glass pebbles.
She said the club would like those who enter their fairy house competition to primarily use natural materials to build their fairy house. Participants must also have a background story about the house and the fairy that lives there.
Those that want to build a fairy house for the competition should contact Muzyczka at firstname.lastname@example.org to get directions and instructions on how to make a fairy house as well as size limitations for the house.
The festival will be set up at the Barnes Museum again this year and will have activities for children, including making crafts like fairy wands and wizard hats.
The club will also provide free foundational bases for kids to make their own fairy houses and they can fill up their baskets with materials to make it there or they can take it home.
There will also be fairy princess skirts, fairy halos and magic fairy wands available for purchase.
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