“Southbury Celebration 2019 is set to ‘launch’ for Saturday, September 21st (rain date Sunday, September 22) with local musical talent, food, fireworks and plenty of community spirit,” announced co-chair Brian M. Jones. The 21st annual community event will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the entire community.
Southbury Celebration is co-sponsored by the Town of Southbury and the Southbury Training School and will be at beautiful Lake Stibbs at the Southbury Training School on Route 172. The fireworks will be launched at approximately 7:45 p.m by Atlas Pyrotechnics.
Food trucks, commercial food vendors, community groups and organizations that want to participate in the Southbury Celebration as food vendors are encouraged to immediately apply since only a limited number of spaces are available. Food vendor applications will be available online at the Town of Southbury web site under Southbury Celebration Committee www.southbury-ct.org/sbycelebration.
Completed food vendor applications are accepted first-come-first-serve at the Southbury Parks and Recreation Department, 561 Main Street South in Southbury weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call them at 203-262-0633 with questions. Interested organizations must complete a food vendor application and submit a $150 fee for commercial food vendors/food trucks or a $50 fee for non-profit organizations.
Food vendors can sell only on-site consumable food items. More food vendors are anticipated this year and the committee’s goal is to provide diverse food offerings to the public. The final deadline to submit applications is Friday, August 9th, but spaces are limited so food vendors should submit their applications as soon as possible.
The Food Court will open at 4:30 pm so people can purchase food as they are arriving. In prior years between 12-15 local organizations and commercial food vendors participated last year and their menus included: sausage and peppers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, red hots and chicken tenders. In addition, soups, cotton candy, popcorn, donuts, desserts, coffee, and various beverages may be available for purchase. The Food Court will serve until after the fireworks conclude.
As in prior years, The Southbury Celebration Committee anticipates fire and ambulance personnel and equipment will be on-site providing public safety information. Rain date is Sunday, September 22nd with the same schedule of activities.
“The Southbury Celebration Committee is making this announcement, so everyone can “Save the Date” and plan to be part of this unique town-wide event,” co-chair Brian Jones explained. Southbury Celebration draws over 5,000 people annually.
Southbury Celebration 2019 committee members are Carole Van Tassel (co-chair, Heritage Village resident and community volunteer), Steve Hinckley (Southbury Training School Liaison), Southbury First Selectman Jeff Manville, Michael Ganem (Southbury Parks and Recreation, Director), Louise Mansour (Southbury Parks & Recreation, Recreation Specialist) and co-chair Brian M. Jones (community volunteer).