SOUTHINGTON - A sand sculpture, apple fritters and arts and crafts highlighted the Southington Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday.
The 50-year-old festival started on Sept. 28 and concluded Sunday.
Saturday’s live entertainment included the Bradley Mountain Farm goats, painting, playing games, and staging a wedding.
“They are a lot of fun,” said festival coordinator Melissa Cocuzza. “I feel adrenaline and very excited to see families enjoying a lot of the new attractions.”
The activities also included an arts and crafts show and an 8-by-8-foot sand sculpture, which was scheduled to be finished on Sunday.
“There are a lot of great things for families to have a great day and not have it be too expensive for them,” Cocuzza said.
Ed O’Connell said he has lived in town since 1983, so the Apple Harvest Festival has been a longtime tradition for him. O’Connell said the crafts and the food were among his favorite things.
Peggy Jaronko has also attended the festival for many years. She visited Saturday with friends and co-workers.
“I just like the idea that there are lots of people. It’s a very friendly, relaxing environment,” Jaronko said. “It’s a nice way to spend the afternoon. I’m definitely going to stop and have the apple crisp at the Congregational church; that’s the best.”
For Amanda Altieri, the exposure of local businesses is important. She also said she enjoyed the way the weather turned out Saturday.
“I love the weather because it’s chilly with a breeze so it’s cozy and this is the apple fest so I absolutely love the weather right now.”
Linda Bohn of Plainville went to the festival to see her son perform in a demonstration for a Taekwondo studio.
“I’m also looking forward to look at the arts and the crafts and have some good food,” Bohn said.
The festival included two apple pie-eating contests, one for children and one for adults.
Michael Kryzanski of Southington has been the winner of the adult contest for three years running.
“I make it a point to come out and do it because I enjoy it, it’s a lot of fun and I’m pretty good at it,” Kryzanski said. “I love the festival itself; it’s a really great event in the town. We come every year, me and the family and it’s just a great townwide event putting all the community together.”
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