By TAYLOR HARTZ
A new kind of entertainment will enter the Apple Harvest Festival lineup this fall—a Battle of the Bands. Musicians of all genres are welcome to show off their talent on stage, competing for a grand prize of $300.
Whether it be metal music, hip-hop, or a cappella, event coordinator Bonnie Sica hopes the competition will serve as “a celebration of music.”
The competition is open to Southington musicians from ninth-grade to 21 years old. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“I think it’s going be great to give the teens and the college kids something to do,” said Sica, who hopes to target younger audiences with the new event.
Sica said she thinks this competition will help teens and young adults “feel plugged in to their community,” and will give them a new way to be involved in the annual festival.
“These are the up and coming people who will be running this festival some day,” said Sica.
All participants will receive a gift card to a local restaurant, with cash prizes for the top three bands.
First prize winners will earn $300, second prize will take home $150, and the band who comes in third will cash out with $75.
To make for easy transitions between acts, the stage will be pre-set with a drum set, microphones, and hook-ups for other instruments. Any and all musical styles are welcome to compete.
“We have tremendously talented musicians,” said Sica, “This is a great way to show them off.”
Apple Harvest Festival Committee Co-Chair Cheryl Lounsbury said she thinks the event will be an “exciting new addition” to the festival.
“Southington musicians of all kinds will have a chance to showcase their talent,” said Lounsbury. “It will definitely be an exciting and entertaining time for everyone.”
The AHFC reported on the new event at a recent Town Council meeting, and Sica will present more information on the program at an AHFC supervisory meeting on June 16.
Applications for the contest will be available soon on the AFHC website at www.southington.org/ AHF. For more information or for help with the application process, contact Bonnie Sica at 860-621-9553.
Registration is open through Friday, May 20.