SOUTHINGTON — Town leaders will decide early next month whether the Apple Harvest Festival will take place this fall.
Apple Harvest Festival committee members said canceling is one of the options they’re considering due to the pandemic.
“Public health and safety is our number one concern,” said Tom Lombardi, a committee and Town Council member. “Everyone loves the Apple Harvest but it’s important that we listen to the health experts and do what’s best for the town.”
The festival is scheduled for the first two weekends in October and draws thousands of visitors from all over the region.
The festival committee plans to meet on June 3 in a closed door executive session to decide whether to hold the event this year. Lombardi said the meeting will take place without the public since the committee will be discussing festival contracts.
Dave Lapreay, recreation director, said he’s talking with Plainville-Southington Regional Health District director Shane Lockwood about whether to hold the festival.
Planning for the town’s signature event starts in January.
“We’ve been underway for months trying to secure vendors, sponsors,” Lapreay said.
The pandemic has made the work difficult, he said.
“Obviously canceling is definitely on the table with everything going on,” Lapreay said. “Festivals are the toughest things to have at this point… We have to think of the big picture for our community.”
Last year’s festival featured the Spin Doctors, a band that gained national attention in the 1990s. The year before that, Bowling For Soup played at the festival.
Both national acts attracted large crowds. The festival has also grown more profitable in recent years and made money for the past several.
The town runs the Apple Harvest Festival.