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6/17/2022 - Southbury Celebration Committee Looking for Musical Talent and Food Vendors

Southbury Celebration Committee is looking for local musical talent and Food trucks / food vendors for this year's Southbury Celebration on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The 24th Annual Southbury Celebration featuring food, music, community fellowship and fireworks is co-sponsored by the Town of Southbury and the Southbury Training School and is held at beautiful Lake Stibbs at the Southbury Training School on Route 172 in Southbury. The rain date is Sunday, October 2nd.

“Southbury Celebration Committee is excited to host local area musical talent to perform before their family, friends, and community,” stated Co-chair Brian M. Jones. The Committee invites performers of all ages to submit music with an intergenerational appeal and to focus mostly on very recognizable cover songs. Music of all genres are welcomed (i.e.: Pop; Folk; Rock; Jazz; Standards; Broadway; etc.). Performers may use live accompaniment or karaoke tracks. Due to size and time restrictions, we encourage groups to limit their group size to between 1 to 5 performers. Please submit YouTube links or upload a video file to: https://southbury-ct.org/sbycelebration-music. Early submissions greatly appreciated. The deadline for submission is Sunday, August 28, 2022.

The Committee will review all submissions and choose the performers that fit the spirit of the event. Performers will be selected by Committee taking into consideration entertainment factor and available space on the program. They will be allocated 5 to 20 minutes to perform. The performers chosen will have the experience to perform in front of thousands from their community.

Food trucks, commercial food vendors, community groups and organizations can immediately apply to be a food vendor. Limited spaces are available. Food vendor applications are available online at the Town of Southbury web site under Southbury Celebration Committee https://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. 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. The Food Court will open at 4:30 pm and will serve until 8:30 pm.

The 2022 event layout has been re-configured to permit more social distancing on the field. In addition, food vendor locations and their customer lines are being structured to permit greater social distancing. People have the option to watch the fireworks from their car on the Great Lawn or can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for view from the Lake Stibbs field.

People are encouraged to attend early to hear the music, visit with friends, enjoy the food selections / food trucks, or enjoy their own picnic dinner and ultimately watch a spectacular firework show.

“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 Carole Van tassel explained. Southbury Celebration draws over 5,000 people annually.

A PowerStation DJ will start the music at 4:30 pm followed by talented local musicians. Music and entertainment will continue up until the National Anthem performance at around 7:45 pm immediately before the fireworks.

Sunday, October 2nd 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.

Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group (www.atlaspyro.com) will then launch fireworks over beautiful Lake Stibbs with many new and unique firework effects. Atlas PyroVision Entertainment is a family owned professional fireworks display company serving New England since 1949 and produces over 700 shows annually. Sound, stage, lighting, and DJ expertise are expertly provided by PowerStation Events (www.powerstationevents.com) based in Cheshire, CT.

No alcohol and no pets are permitted at the event. Caution should be exercised with service animals due to audience and fireworks noises. Extensive free parking is on the STS Great Front Lawn. Handicapped parking will be at Lake Stibbs parking area. Due to congested event traffic and safety concerns, there will be no pedestrian walking and no vehicle parking along Route 172.

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 resident’s sign-up in September at HV Activities and Grace Meadow residents at their community center. The bus will return immediately after the fireworks at approximately 8:15 pm.

Southbury Celebration 2022 committee members are Carole Van Tassel (co-chair, Heritage Village resident and community volunteer), James Clark (Southbury Training School Liaison), Jeff Manville (Southbury First Selectman), Michael Ganem (Southbury Parks and Recreation, Director), and co-chair Brian M. Jones (community volunteer).