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

Apple Harvest logo 2014

By JOHN GORALSKI
EDITOR

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 the first weekend to the arts and crafts festival in the second weekend. Along the way, visitors are treated to a number of contests along the way and a carnival that spans both weekends.

Visitors will pour onto the town green for this year’s festival, and few will notice the behind-the-scenes work carried on by the Apple Harvest hostesses, volunteers, vendors, and committee members that goes into a another successful festival.

That’s why we are so happy that committee members took time from their busy schedules to talk with The Observer about this year’s attractions and offer you a rare glimpse behind the curtain.

This week, we talk with Joanne Salerno, the Apple Harvest parade chair.

How did you get involved with the Apple Harvest Festival?

Lyn Rosinie was running the parade about 20 years ago. I own a business called Puttin’ on the Ritz, and she had asked if i would be interested in having some of my people dress up in the parade. That is what started everything. At that time, we had ladies dressed up in old fashioned costumes, selling apples.

When and why did you get involved as a committee member?

I started over 15 years ago, and it is great to see how the festival has changed into what it is today.

What are the duties and responsibilities of your committee?

I run the parade and the children’s area. Both are very fun, but it’s a lot of work to put together.

What are the biggest changes this year from your committee?

It’s always the parade. It takes a lot of work to figure out where everyone is going to be, and staging them is a very long processes, but it is great to see it all come together.

What are you most excited about at this year’s festival?

The parade. It is always my favorite part of the festival.

How can people get involved for next year?

You can contact me if you are interested in helping out with the parade, or if you are looking to have a float in the 2016 parade.

How can people contact you?

You can always reach me at putinontheritz@aol.com or by cell phone at (860) 620-3221 if you need more information about volunteering.

What are some hints for people trying to get the most out of the parade for their families and children?

We are very excited to have our children’s area back this year. It only costs $5 per activity, and we have things like glitter tattoos, and hair feathers, as well as having Mother Goose coming to read a special story. There is also going to be a float with all the princesses on it as well as some special characters in the parade.

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