The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day.
The 2016 event runs from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2 and Friday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 9, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on the first weekend to the arts and crafts festival in the second weekend.
Along the way, visitors are treated to fireworks, a number of contests, and a carnival that spans both weekends.
Visitors will pour onto the town green for this year’s festival, and few will notice the behind-the-scenes work carried on by the Apple Harvest hostesses, volunteers, vendors, and committee members that goes into a another successful festival.
This week, we talk with Apple Harvest Hostess chair Alyssa Pappas, a former hostess herself. She has been chairing the hostesses for six years.
Why do you continue to be involved with the Apple Harvest Festival?
I really love the family aspect of the committee. We have really been there for each other, not only within the committee, but in many aspects of life. I consider them my family.
What are your duties and responsibilities?
I am in charge of the hostesses. I collect applications, conduct the interviews, and then I have the pleasure of crowning the Apple Harvest Queen at the end of the summer.
I get to introduce the ladies at our Apple Harvest gala every year at the Aqua Turf, and I also lend a helping hand with some of the carnival and arts and crafts events.
What are the biggest changes this year for the festival?
This will be the second year that we are welcoming high school juniors as hostesses, too. It has been great to see this year’s seniors (who were juniors last year) mentor some of the new hostesses.
What are you most excited about at this year’s festival?
The food! There will be so many new vendors coming this year, and I can’t wait to try them all.
How can people get involved?
If any high school junior or high school senior girl is interested in getting involved next year or has any questions about becoming a hostess, then they are welcome to contact me and get more information.
I can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (860) 877-9086.
Don’t forget, if you have a question about something other than hostesses, you can check out the Apple Harvest Festival website (www.Southington. org/AHF) or our facebook page.