SOUTHINGTON - The 50th Annual Apple Harvest Festival started off its second weekend with people flocking to fritters and artists creating unique works for visitors to marvel at.
Art featured in Friday’s festival included a large sand-sculpture starting to take shape on the town green and goats from Bradley Mountain farms trying their hooves at painting.
Sand artist siblings Steve and Jessica Topazzio from Rhode Island-based Santasia had started shaping the base of their sculpture, which bears an Apple Harvest logo, Friday. It will continue to take form throughout the festival.
“When finished it is going to be the grumpy tree that throws the apples from The Wizard of Oz,” said Steve Topazzio.
Anneliese Dadras, owner of Bradley Mountain Farms, was nearby with a pen full of goats in a fenced in area. The fence was decorated by art created by the animals.
“Goats like to beg by scratching with their hooves,” said Dadras. “We put down the paint on the canvas and then they make the art. Every goat is a little different, some make long lines and others short.”
Bradley Mountain Farms also offered a “goats and pajamas” party for children Friday night.
“We’re really privileged to be here,” said Dadras, who brings her goats out to many community events including White Christmas in the Community where they are dressed as reindeers.
Lori Waskowski, who sat on the town green, said she loves to come to the festival to see the arts and crafts.
“I always go for the fritters first though,” she said. “I’ve been coming to the apple harvest festival for the past 25 years; I just love the fritters so much.”
Gary Scranton, of Wallingford, came to the festival with his wife for the first time this year.
“These fritters are the best,” he said.
Angel Rivera came to the Apple Harvest Festival with her daughter and two granddaughters and started at the fritter booth.
“I come here every year, get some fritters, and look around and see what else they have,” she said. “I can’t miss it.”
Sergio Cruz also came for the fritters, bringing his girlfriend along and taking some home for his father.
“My Dad lives in Waterbury and he has us bring back fritters every year,” said Cruz. “We are going to check out all the food though while we’re here.”
For Keith O’Donnell, who said he comes to the festival every year, the big draw is the music.
“I was here last Saturday when Bowling for Soup performed,” he said. “It was a great show.”
O’Donnell said he also really enjoys the cheeseburgers from the Fire Department booth.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.