Please be prepared for damp grass at the fields!
“The 20th anniversary of Southbury Celebration 2018 is Saturday September 22nd at 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We will have 13 great food vendors, terrific local high school musicians, lots of fellowship and an expanded fireworks show,” announced co-chair Brian M. Jones. “We’ll be at Lake Stibbs on Route 172 at the Southbury Training School, it’s free and the whole community is invited.” Fireworks start at approximately 7:45 pm.
“We have more commercial food trucks and local charity food vendors with many more food options,” explained co-chair Carole Van Tassel. “The goal is to alleviate long food lines and for the community to have lots more food choices.”
This year Southbury Celebration has 13 food vendors including 9 commercial food trucks plus numerous community groups with a large variety of options providing: hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, smoked BBQ brisket, pulled chicken, mac and cheese, red hots, grilled kielbasa, chili dogs, sweet potato fries, onion rings, steak teriyaki grinder, hibachi shrimp, hot lobster rolls, fried scallop rolls, fried shrimp, New England clam chowder, fish & chips, chicken tenders, baked goods, 12 kinds of gourmet popcorn, cotton candy, fried dough, donuts, 40 varieties of packaged ice cream, soda, water, coffee and beverages. The Food Court will open earlier this year at 4:30 pm and will serve until 8:30 pm.
“The community feedback was that most people wanted to have more food trucks and food options, so our committee worked very hard to expand the Food Court,” explained co-chair Brian M. Jones. He recommends the public come early to support their local charities and food vendors and visit with family and friends. The community is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family and arrive early to avoid the last-minute traffic.
Musical performances will be provided by talented high school and college musicians. Pomperaug High School Choral Director Linda Hughes has assisted the committee in selecting a diverse range of high school musicians. Also, the Pomperaug High School Honorary Music Society, Tri-M officers will be providing music and stage support during the event. The music will begin at 4:30pm with a PowerStation DJ.
The audience is welcome to get up and dance or sit, relax and listen to the music. Bring your chairs, blankets, friends and family and arrive early to avoid the last-minute traffic.
The National Anthem will be performed at 7:45 pm immediately before the fireworks. Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group (www.atlaspyro.com) will then launch fireworks over beautiful Lake Stibbs. Atlas PyroVision is the largest professional fireworks display company in New England, that produces over 700 shows annually. Sound, stage and lighting expertise are provided by PowerStation Events (www.powerstationevents.com) based in Cheshire, CT.
S.M.A.R.T. Inc will share an informational tent with the Town of Southbury, and will be providing free informational print materials. S.M.A.R.T., Inc. is a local non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to strengthening individuals, families, and communities. S.M.A.R.T., Inc. has three areas of focus: Local Prevention Council (LPC), Parent University, and Family, School and Community Events.
A free shuttle bus will depart from Heritage Village paddock at 5:30 pm and from Grace Meadows Senior Housing at 5:45 pm. Reservations are required for the shuttle. Heritage Village residents sign-up at HV Activities and Grace Meadow residents at their community center. The bus will return immediately after the fireworks at approximately 8:15 pm.
No alcohol and no pets are permitted at the event. Caution should be exercised with service animals due to the large crowds and fireworks noises. Extensive free parking is on the STS Great Front Lawn. Due to congested event traffic and safety concerns, there will be no pedestrian walking, no vehicle parking and no parent “drop off/pick up” along Route 172. Handicap and Special Needs parking is available at the Lake Stibbs parking lot.
Southbury Fire and Ambulance personnel are bringing equipment will provide public safety information. The Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. will bring their 102’ ladder truck and Southbury Ambulance Association ambulances and personnel will answer questions.
Sunday, September 23rd is the rain date with the same schedule of activities. In case of inclement weather or for more information, please call the Southbury Parks & Recreation Department Info-line at 203-262-0633 for an official announcement or visit the Town of Southbury’s web site at www.southbury-ct.org/sbycelebration for up to date information.
“The Southbury Celebration Committee encourages everyone to come early to enjoy the food, music, fellowship and fireworks and to be an active part of this 20th anniversary, multi-generational community event,” co-chair Brian Jones said. The annual event draws over 5,000 people.
Southbury Celebration 2018 committee members are Carole Van Tassel (co-chair, Heritage Village resident and community volunteer), Steve Hinckley (Southbury Training School Liaison), Jeff Manville (Southbury First Selectman), Dustin Huguenin (Southbury Parks and Recreation, Director), Louise Mansour (Southbury Parks & Recreation, Recreation Specialist) and co-chair Brian M. Jones (community volunteer).