SOUTHBURY — South Britain Congregational Church will host its annual Apple Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 26, rain or shine at the church at 693 South Britain Rd., Route 172, followed by a two-week online component. Apples are the theme of the traditional fall fair, which offers something for everyone. This year’s festival will be a mostly outdoors event, with activities centered on the green surrounding the historic meeting house.
“Our famous apple pies will headline our much-anticipated seasonal festival,” said event chair Amy Smith. “We are lucky to welcome back Hidden Gem Fruit Farm with their standard and rare apple varieties grown here in Southbury, available for tasting and purchase.”
Visitors will have the opportunity to shop for bargains at the White Elephant, the Man Cave, the Ladies Boutique and the Jewelry Sale.
The Country Store will offer cider, mums and other seasonal items.
A variety of artists, crafters and other vendors will showcase their wares and a silent auction will feature an array of fun and unique items available for bid.
Hungry fair-goers may purchase a box lunch with choice of sandwich to eat on-site or take home, and the Snack Bar will offer apple cider, hot dogs, home-made apple crisp and other items all day long.
This year, festival organizers are replacing the popular Pick-a-Prize booth with an initiative to give back to the local businesses who have supported SBCC in the past and may be hurting now because of the pandemic.
Rather than soliciting donations from these businesses, the church is collecting business cards to display at the festival.
“We will be encouraging attendees to take the business cards with a commitment to patronize these businesses in the month of October,” said Ms. Smith. “We want to help the businesses that have faithfully and generously supported us in past years.”
Those attending will have the opportunity to meet SBCC’s new settled pastor, Rev. Malcolm Carr.
Pastor Malcolm, who has served churches in Pennsylvania and Hawaii, most recently came from a teaching position in China.
The in-person event will conform to all current Covid-19 guidelines and protocols.
To alleviate crowding, parking attendants will monitor the number of guests entering at any given time.
A friendly “blue team,” consisting of volunteers wearing blue shirts and badges, will assist visitors in following the Covid program, which will include mask wearing, social distancing and observing guided foot traffic flow.
“The health and safety of all of our members, friends and guests is our top priority,” said Ms. Smith.
Those not yet comfortable at public events will have the opportunity to attend the Online Apple Festival, a two-week, online event that will begin Sunday, September 27 and continue through October 10.
The online event will offer a second helping of home-made apple pies and other festival favorites, along with a chance to bid on items in the expanded silent auction and peruse offerings from festival vendors.
The Online Apple Festival can be accessed at southbritainchurch.org.
Vendor spots are still available.