Apple Harvest Festival

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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2015 Apple Harvest Parade: Growing (and harvesting) community pride

October 8, 2015
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Members of Southington’s Lewis Educational Agricultural Farm (L.E.A.F.) cheer to the crowd from their float in the Apple Harvest Festival parade. The community-supported farm, formerly the historic Lewis Family Farm, harvests more than 200 varieties of fresh produce each year. What better way to celebrate this year’s theme of “Growing Community Pride”…

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Joanne Salerno just loves the Apple Harvest parade

October 2, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2015 event runs from Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on…

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Apple Harvest Gala marks the start of the festival season

October 1, 2015
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Apple Harvest Festival Coordinator Jim Champagne and Apple Harvest Hostess Chair Alyssa Anne Pappas, left, shower the 2015 Apple Harvest Festival Queen Rebecca Caisse, center, with her crown, flowers, and sash during the annual Apple Harvest Gala on Thursday, Sept. 24. The annual gala kicks off the local festival.

By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The changes of the fall season are upon us, but one thing remains constant in the town of Southington. The tradition of the Apple Harvest Festival will be in full swing beginning this weekend. The unofficial start came on Thursday, Oct. 24 with the annual Apple Harvest Gala at the Aqua Turf.…

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Apple Harvest parking available on High Street

September 30, 2015
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If you are interested in the closest parking to the Apple Fritter booth at the 2015 Apple Harvest Festival, visit the Southington Land Trust in the High Street parking lot across from the YMCA. Parking will be available for a $5 donation to the Southington Land Trust. Here are the hours: Friday, Oct. 2, from…

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