SOUTHINGTON — Grammy Award-nominated band Bowling For Soup will perform at the 50th annual Apple Harvest Festival later this month.
Formed in 1994, the band is known for hit songs “1985” and “Girl All The Bad Guys Want”, and will perform on the main stage at the festival on Sept. 29 at 7:45 p.m.
“We wanted to bring in a nationally known band for (the festival’s) 50th anniversary,” said Dave Zoni, co-chairman of the festival’s entertainment committee. “I believe we accomplished that and we think it’s going to be a great show.”
The festival attracts an estimated 100,000 guests per year, and offers free admission and shuttle services.
“We’re proud to offer free parking, admission and entertainment,” Chris Palmieri, chairman of the festival’s supervisory committee, said. “We want to get as many people as possible to come down and see what Southington has to offer.”
The festival opens at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28 and runs until 9 p.m. It runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. It will follow an identical schedule the following weekend.
Guests can enjoy the usual staples, including a 25-minute fireworks show to conclude the first weekend, the parade, an apple baking contest and a craft show.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary special events such as a laser light show and sand sculpture building have been added. Festival goers will be able to see the sculpture, which will be 8 feet wide and tall, as it is put together throughout the second weekend.
Interactive booths, such as an escape room and a new video game trailer, will also be free to festival attendees.
“We have a lot of our traditional festivities returning, but we are also excited about some new things we’ve added this year,” Palmieri said. “I just want to thank our sponsors and volunteers who make (the festival) the success that it is.”