Apple Harvest Festival

Apple Harvest seeks sponsors

May 25, 2016
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Planning is underway for the 48th annual Apple Harvest Festival (AHF) in Southington, and the festival committee is seeking sponsorship for this year’s event. The AHF has become one of the biggest events held in Connecticut with an attendance of over 100,000 people expected. Many local non-profit organizations utilize the festival as their main fundraiser;…

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Town seeks AHF hostesses

May 20, 2016
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The Apple Harvest Committee is accepting applications for this fall’s Apple Harvest Hostesses for the 48th annual festival. Hostesses must be Southington residents entering their junior or senior year next fall. A hostess should be able to interact with the community and have the time it takes to dedicate to the festival. “Volunteering with the…

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The show will go on: Downtown festivals get waiver from state

April 29, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR It’s been almost two months since Town Councilors Tom Lombardi (R) and Victoria Triano joined State Representatives David Zoni and Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz in front of the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford to speak in favor of a House Bill, sponsored by Zoni, that would give towns a waiver against…

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Apple Harvest Festival will stage a Battle of the Bands on second weekend

April 7, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER 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…

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Apple Harvest continues to draw crowds for week 2

October 15, 2015
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Michael Kryanski celebrates his victory in one of the Apple Harvest Festival pie eating contests. The Apple Harvest festival came to a close on Sunday, Oct. 11 after an action-packed second week with fireworks, Harvest the Arts, a second week of contests, and the annual arts and crafts festival.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Apple Harvest finished its 2015 run with a successful and crowded final weekend. Thousands filled the downtown area Friday through Sunday for an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment, fireworks, and even more contests. Though the final results are still filing in, the festival’s first weekend featured nine apple fritter eating…

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Apple Harvest Festival recognizes poster winners

October 9, 2015
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The Southington Apple Harvest Festival announce the winners from this year’s poster contest. This year the committee selected a middle school student and two high school students as our winners. From left, high school winner Giavonna Paulus, AHF poster committee co-chair Chris Palmieri, overall winner Mia Langston, AHF poster committee co-chair Tom Lombardi, and high…

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‘Harvest the Arts’ highlights the arts and crafts weekend

October 8, 2015
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Harvest the Arts kick off Friday with a behind-the-scenes look inside the Gura Building From a fire show to artists’ demonstrations and the Shoe Parade, the second weekend of the 47th annual Apple Harvest Festival showcases a variety of “artsy” events and activities. Sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and Southington Community Cultural Arts…

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Apple Harvest Road Race: Rains hold off for the start of the annual event

October 8, 2015
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Bill Rodgers, center, congratulates the 2015 Dave Gworek Award winners Jim Rosenberger, left, and Tessa Mah, right, for being the top Southington runners in the 5-mile race. Rosenberger finished 3rd overall, and Mah captured the women's title.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After a cold and rainy Saturday at the Apple Harvest Festival, the Sunday morning of Oct. 4 brought plenty of sunshine and a slight autumn chill, which was the ideal weather for the 36th annual Apple Harvest Festival Road Race and identical to last year’s road race. “We woke up today…

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Apple Harvest bed races: The laziest race in the world

October 8, 2015
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A break in the weather allowed the team from Southington Fire Department, Co. 5, located on River Street, to slip and slide their way through the downtown course. On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Apple Harvest Festival bed races returned after two years of weather cancellations. Click to enlarge

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Apple Harvest Festival survives a rainy first weekend

October 8, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER   Despite the less-than-ideal weather on Friday and Saturday which brought cold wind and rain to the downtown streets, loyal festival goers didn’t break tradition. Friday’s opening ceremonies were postponed until Saturday, but otherwise, the first three days of the two-weekend festival went on as planned. Thousands of Southington residents gathered downtown…

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