Apple Harvest Festival

Apple Harvest Road Race; Local runners set the pace for record crowds

October 8, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sunny skies and cool temps drew record numbers to the start of the 2014 Apple Harvest Road Race.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The church bells in the center of town seemed to ring as the first runner as Nick Garcia materialized at the far end of the Town Green. Nobody else was even close at the front of the 5K event, and the former Blue Knight bounded down the street in rhythm…

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Rain puts small damper on apple festival

October 8, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
The Southington Apple Harvest Festival Hostesses took part in the parade Sunday afternoon. Despite a rain showers on Saturday, the festival rebounded with a great day on Sunday, which included the road race.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The first weekend of the Apple Harvest Festival brought in crowds for Family Night on Friday and the parade on Sunday, despite the rain showers that caused the event’s cancellation on Saturday. Between the opening ceremonies and Family Night, the festival was packed on Friday. Families and friends chowed down…

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Results for the 2014 Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

October 7, 2014
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Photo by John Goralski
Chris Rosenberg, the 5 mile winner.

The following are the results from the 2014 Apple Harvest Road Race, which was held on Sunday, Oct. 6. 5 Mile Road Race 5 miles, 379 runners Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberger, 26:25; 2, Nicholai Dalidowitz, 28:37; 3, Mike Rieger, 28:39. Top Female Finishers—1,Laura Pieger, 32:05; 2, Molly Palmieri, Southington, 33:38; 3, Lindsay Shea, 34:13.…

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Apple Harvest Festival shut down due to weather

October 4, 2014
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  Officials have decided to close the Apple Harvest Festival today, due to inclement weather. The officials will decide by 2 p.m. if the festival is too open this evening, at 5 p.m. Tonight’s scheduled fireworks are rescheduled for next Saturday. Today’s bed races, set to make their return following a hiatus, will be rescheduled…

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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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AHF Gala-Nicole White (Queen) (7)

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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