Glastonbury's Apple Harvest Festival set to be biggest yet
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
The Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce is busy putting together the final details for the 39th annual Apple Harvest Festival, Oct. 18-20, at Riverfront Park. Chamber President Mary Ellen Dombrowski said that as long as the weather cooperates, the event could easily see record crowds.
Some of the bigger changes to the festival include a shift in the layout, with the amusement rides and vendor areas swapping their traditional places. There is also a new amusement vendor bringing 20 percent more rides. Wristbands for unlimited rides will be available after 6 p.m.
The festival will also break tradition by kicking off on Friday evening (from 6 to 10 p.m.) with free admission. The hours are extended on Saturday, as well (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Food and amusements will all be available until close. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 pm.
The Beer Garden on the Riverfront Community Center Patio will be open noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon on 5 p.m. Sunday, and will feature microbrews from Connecticut and wines from Priam Vineyards.
There will be more than 100 total booths by crafters, vendors and organizations. Chamber Membership Manager Tina Lorentzen said more than 50 percent are new vendors.
Arlene's Natural Goat Milk Soaps will have hand-made, all-natural soaps made from goats' milk; Phenomenal Fudge will offer 25 flavors of homemade fudge from Vermont. Local artist Maribeth Blonski will be autographing the five children's books she has illustrated.
Artist Ryan Christenson of RCMurals.com will again create a large mural throughout the day on Saturday.
Kids' entertainment will include the return of the petting zoo, as well as the Hartwell Soccer dunk tank.
Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey, fresh from her top 10 finish at Miss America, will be on hand from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday for photo ops and autographs.
As always, the arguably biggest attraction is the food. This year's offerings will include new items, including waffles and apple cannolis.
Of course, the Chamber's Apple Pie booth will be serving apple pie and other baked goods. The "Men of Glastonbury" calendar will be on sale.
A total of 25 food vendors will be providing a wide range of offerings, both sweet and savory.
The entertainment stage will include Hatfield & Corrado (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.), Backbeat City Musical Theater (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.), The Glastonbury High School Concert Choir (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.) and the Run for Cover Band (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.).
The Apple Harvest Festival Road Race will take place Sunday morning, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. The 5k race starts at 8 a.m., with the Kidz Fun Run following at 8:35 a.m. and the 1k race at 9:30 a.m. Roads will be closed during that time.
Admission is $5 per person, $20 per family, and children under 3 are admitted free. There will be free parking and shuttle service from 180-200 Glastonbury Blvd.
For more information, including a complete entertainment schedule, visit www.glastonburychamber.net.