Arts and crafts are the focus for the second weekend

Former Southington Youth Services director Sue Saucier was the Grand Marshal during this year's parade.

Former Southington Youth Services director Sue Saucier was the Grand Marshal during this year’s parade.



After the parade, entertainment shows, and contests, don’t be fooled. There’s still much more to come for the second weekend of the Apple Harvest Festival (AHF) as more than 60 vendors descend upon the town green for the annual arts & crafts festival this weekend.

The apple pie and fritter eating contests will take place yet again on Saturday, Oct. 8 beginning at noon, and the carnival will be open during all festival hours, but the main focus in the second weekend is arts and crafts.

Behind the main stage, vendors will offer everything from soaps and lotions, to jewelry and furniture.

“We have about 60 percent returning vendors and the rest are new,” AHF arts and crafts chair Tracey Bentz said to The Observer. “We have some of the older vendors that people see every year, so they’ll know what to expect. But I think that they also look forward to seeing what’s new.”

Being the focal point of week two, arts and crafts always brings in sizable crowds, second only to the parade.

In addition, Harvest the Arts has been moved indoors to the new Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) building across from the town green. The weekend will kick off Friday evening with live music and art from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Artists’ demonstrations will occur throughout the day on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., inside the Gura Building with live pottery demonstrations outside.

The new facility will conduct open house tours on Sunday from 12-3 p.m.

Hopeful for a break in the weather, the closing weekend of the Apple Harvest Festival is sure to be a hit.

“If it’s nice, it’s extraordinary how many people are here,” said AHF coordinator Jim Champagne. “It’s just like being in New York City. It’s amazing.”


Entertainment schedule

Main Stage Performances

Friday, Oct. 7

6:30-8:30 p.m.—Braxton Bragg

Saturday, Oct. 8

10-10:45 a.m.—Southington Stars.

11:15-11:45 a.m.—Dance City and the Arts.

12-12:30 p.m.—Pie Eating Contest.

1-1:30 p.m.—Fritter Eating Contest.

3:30-5:30 p.m.—The Creedence Fogerty Tribute Band.

6:30-8:30 p.m.—Kathy Thompson Band.

Sunday, Oct. 9

12-12:45 p.m.—Center Stage Dance Studio.

1-2 p.m.—Blackberry Pines.

2:45-4:15 p.m.—Steppin’ Out.

Riccio Way Performances

(Performers will be located in the dining tent area.)

Friday, Oct. 7

5-8 p.m.—Tommy Furdon.

Saturday, Oct. 8

12-3 p.m.—Carrie Ashton.

5-8 p.m.—Brian Jarvis & Mike P.

Sunday, Oct. 9

12-3 p.m.—Kevin Howard

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