Apple Harvest Festival

Nicole White is named queen of the gala

October 3, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Apple Harvest Festival Hostess Nicole White was named queen at the festival’s annual gala last week. She is pictured above with Festival Coordinator Jim Champagne.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Hostess Nicole White was crowned queen at the Apple Harvest Festival’s annual gala, which is the unofficial kick-off to the festival. Being named queen helped fulfill a goal for White, who has looked up to the position since she was a little girl. “When I was younger and saw the…

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Nicole White crowned at Apple Harvest Festival gala

September 26, 2014
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Apple Harvest Festival Hostess Nicole White was crowned queen at the annual gala, held this year at the Aqua Turf. The gala is the unofficial kick-off to the Apple Harvest Festival. Here are a few shots from the gala. The festival is Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-13.

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Youth takes center stage at CT Icon

September 12, 2014
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Samantha Dorsi, 12, is the youngest ever winner of CT Icon.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer This year’s CT Icon singing competition was a year of firsts. The contestants took their performances to a new stage, there was a sing-off for first place and a twelve-year-old girl emerged as the youngest to ever win the competition. After making it through the audition process, 12 finalists moved…

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Festival hostesses inspired by the past

August 24, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer This year’s collection of Apple Harvest Festival hostesses said they always looked up to the former hostesses when they were young and hoped to one day represent Southington themselves. “You always see them in the parades and when you’re little you see them as princesses,” said Marissa Sisco. “And then…

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Singing competition moves to Lake Compounce

July 30, 2014
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By Mike Chaiken
Jillian Caillouette, a former CT Icon winner, entertains the crowd Saturday night at the Italian-American Festival.

Singing competition CT Icon, typically held during the Apple Harvest Festival, has found a new home. After numerous successful years at the festival, the competition is moving to Lake Compounce. Normally rounding up at least 100 singers for the auditions, CT Icon is hoping to attract even more people at the theme park. “Lake Compounce…

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Garden club announces fairy house competition

July 27, 2014
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An example of a fairy house constructed by one of the Orchard Valley Garden Club members. Residents will have a chance to build their own this year, just in time for the Apple Harvest Festival.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer For the third year, the fairy godmothers of the Orchard Valley Garden Club in Southington will host the fairy festival at the Apple Harvest Festival. However, this year, the club is hosting a competition for the public. The public will receive ballets to vote on the best houses and there…

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Apple Harvest Festival is looking for hostesses

June 11, 2014
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The Apple Harvest Committee is looking for Hostesses for the upcoming 46th annual Apple Harvest Festival.  The hostess must be a Southington resident and will be a High School Senior for the upcoming ‘14-‘15 year.  A hostess should be able to interact with the community and have the time it takes to dedicate to the…

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Cyber Knights gear up for first local FIRST event

March 20, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Bailey Kahl and Damien Florian prep the Southington High School Cyber Knight robot during a practice last weekend.
The Cyber Knights invited teams from all over the region to come to Southington for the practice on Saturday.
The Cyber Knights will host their first FIRST contest this weekend.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Cyber Knights have practiced day and night for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, scheduled to kick off this weekend for the first time at Southington High School. Team members are gearing up for the upcoming competition, completing last-minute tweaks on their 120-pound…

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Naugatuck teen wins Connecticut Icon competition

November 3, 2013
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Seventeen-year-old Naugatuck teen Alexandra Hernandez, right, won Connecticut Icon this year.

By Luke Marshall Special to the Observer NAUGATUCK — This year’s Connecticut Icon hails from Naugatuck. Alexandra Hernandez, 17, won the Connecticut Icon competition during Southington’s annual Apple Harvest Festival. She won the top prize of $1,000 and the ability to record a song at a professional studio. The competition began Sept. 21 when over…

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Harvest the Arts dominates second weekend

October 18, 2013
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Photo by MICHELE YURGAITIS
Heddi Wells has a butterfly painted on her face at the festival Saturday afternoon.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Harvest the Arts took over the last weekend of the 2013 Apple Harvest Festival, adding new features to the event, along with the traditional attractions. A 3D chalk artist brought his work to life on the grounds of Center Street Saturday, painting a shark that jumped out of the water…

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