The big red apple signs placed throughout Southbury have returned, and it's a welcome sight during a pandemic. Most large festivals and gatherings have been forbidden by the state of Connecticut, but the small town events can still continue, safely, with social distancing guidelines in place. That's what's going to happen this Saturday, September 26, 2020, as the South Britain Congregational Church holds it's annual Apple Festival, from 9AM to 3PM, at 696 South Britain Road (Rt. 172), in the South Britain section of Southbury.

The organizers stress on their website that social distancing, foot traffic directions, and masks must be worn while in attendance. If you safely follow the guidelines that they've set up, then you can enjoy freshly baked apple pies, apple cider, lunch to-go in their outdoor café, assorted baked goods, plenty of vendors, a Country Store selling handmade goods and gourds, hand-knit items, jewelry, and women's accessories, such as purses and scarves.

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But the fun doesn't end there, because the event then goes virtual for a couple of weeks, from Sunday, September 27 to Saturday, October 10, 2020. There will be a silent auction, which starts online at 3PM right after the physical festival closes.  I'm sure the items that will be up for bid will be at the festival, so you can check it out before you put your bid in. Vendors and goods like apple pies, fresh-picked Southbury apples, locally-grown mums and more, will be available on the website for a couple of weeks after the physical event.