At the Southbury Celebration: Music, Food and Fireworks Extravaganza Planned

This year’s Southbury Celebration will feature the musical talent of numerous Pomperaug High School students and alumni, including the bands Sungrove and Mayfly, as well as several individual performers. The student singers and musicians will include Christian Winter (kneeling, left), Sean Yamanaka; (standing, left), Taylor Dembski, Ben Tesbir, Jake Nicolari, Keith Acuna, Delaney McKeown and Pearson Raistrick. 

SOUTHBURY — Southbury Celebration 2019, an annual food, music, fellowship and fireworks extravaganza, will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at Lake Stibbs on the Southbury Training School campus. The 21st annual Celebration, free and open to the local community, is co-sponsored by the town of Southbury and the Southbury Training School.

The food court will include more than 13 vendors and eight commercial food trucks in addition to several community groups offering a variety of meals such as pulled pork and chicken, red hots, chili dogs, sweet potato fries, onion rings, curly fries, slushies, dumplings, fried rice, steak teriyaki or portobello mushroom grinders, hot lobster rolls, fried scallop rolls, New England clam chowder, fish & chips, fried dough, cannolis, popcorn, cotton candy, donuts, ice cream, and beverages.

Co-chair Carole Van Tassel advised, “We encourage people to arrive by 4:30 or 5 p.m. to avoid long food lines.”

Participants are also invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy musical performances by high school and college musicians with more entertainment provided by PowerStation DJ.

The National Anthem will be performed at approximately 7:45 p.m. immediately prior to the fireworks display over the lake by Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group.

SMART Inc. will share an informational tent with the town of Southbury to describe its mission of strengthening individuals, families, and communities in three areas of focus: Local Prevention Council, Parent University, and Family, School and Community Events.

The Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. will bring the 102’ ladder truck and Southbury Ambulance Association will provide event EMS protection.

The National Anthem will be performed by Taylor Dembski, Camryn Dembski and Christian Winter and the master of Ceremony will be Jim Tornatore.

Pomperaug High School Tri-M officers Christian Winter, Jake Nicolari, Ellie Labriola, and Jason Winter will provide music and stage support during the event.

Extensive free parking will be available on the Southbury Training School Great Front Lawn.

A free shuttle bus will depart from Heritage Village paddock at 5:30 p.m. and from Grace Meadows Senior Housing at 5:45 p.m.

Reservations are required for the shuttle and residents may save a seat at Heritage Village Activities and Grace Meadow Community Center.

The bus will return immediately after the fireworks at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Handicap and Special Needs parking will be available at the Lake Stibbs parking lot.

A short-term drop off and pick up area will be located across from the handicapped parking lot on Rt. 172.

No alcohol or pets will be permitted at the event.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, September 22. 

The Parks and Recreation Department Infoline will be available at 203-262-0633 for an official announcement as will

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