SOUTHINGTON - Festival-goers turned out early on Saturday to beat the crowds at the 49th annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival.
Jeff Leone on Saturday morning brought his 9-year-old daughter, Maria, and twin boys to get in some of the activities that they weren’t able to do last weekend.
“They had the parade last weekend and you couldn’t even move in here,” Leone said. “The kids wanted to go on the rides.
“Last Saturday you couldn’t even get on any rides,” he continued. “You had to wait 25 minutes in line.”
After rushing down the slide on a potato stack, Maria, a Berlin resident, said she couldn’t decide which fall event she liked better: the Berlin Fair or the Southington Apple Harvest Festival.
“I don’t know,” she said, shrugging her shoulders.
While long ride lines were few and far between, even the early birds at the festival couldn’t avoid at least some wait for the famous apple fritters.
Olivia Charette brought her 3-year-old daughter, Megan, after coming to the festival several times in the past few years.
“We waited only about 20 minutes in line for fritters,” Charette said. “It wasn’t bad.”
“We like the craft fair and the fritters,” she added.
The festival also features a number of other treats from a variety of food trucks and vendors, like macaroni and cheese, gyros, chicken wings, a number of Mexican dishes and more.
Lisa Darmetko, who brought her young son Anthony, enjoyed fried clams and chips from Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale food truck. She said she had been to the festival a number of times previously.
“He loves the rides,” Darmetko said.
“I figured this is the last chance for him to go on some carnival rides,” she said.
The festival, which spans over two weekends, will continue all day today before wrapping up for the year.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.