The wait is down to just 4 DAYS until you can taste your first Apple Fritter at the 2023 Southington Apple Harvest Festival!!!
We are looking forward to the 2023 Apple Harvest Festival and can't wait to see you there!!
The festival opens on Friday September 29, 2023 at 5pm. Our booth hours wil be as follows: Friday 9/29 5pm - 9pm, Sat. 9/30 9am - 9pm, Sun 10/1 8am - 7pm, Mon 10/2 - Thurs 10/5 6am - 6pm, Fri. 10/6 6am - 9pm, Sat. 10/7 9am - 9pm and Sun 10/8 TBD - 5pm.
Please come visit us early and often!!! See you then!
The Story of the Apple Fritter...
The story begins in 1969 when Pastor and Mrs. Steinke received a 50lb.bag of flour. Mrs. Steinke suggested that the congregation make apple fritters to sell at Southington's first Apple Harvest Festival that fall. Pastor Steinke asked Dot Czarnota about the idea, knowing full well how she liked to bake. Dot first tried making the fritters with apple rings, then apple chunks, then wedges, but these failed to pass Pastor and Mrs. Steinke’s taste test. Finally, Dot created a new recipe that not only passed the Steinke’s taste test but was met by congregational praise at the annual summer picnic. Having tasted Dots’s new recipe, the people of Zion agreed to give the apple fritters project their support!
During the early years, the apple peeling and the flour mixing was done at Dot’s home. The fritters were sold for ten cents each and soon these delicious fritters became the hit of the Apple Harvest Festival. Over the years, several mechanical innovations were introduced to make the fritter business more efficient, but the recipe has remained the same. Your purchase of Apple Fritters enables Zion Lutheran Church to continue supporting ministries across town, throughout our nation, and around the world. Thank you
Apple Harvest Missions
Over the years, we have supported the following missions with proceeds from our Apple Harvest fritter booth.
A Visit From Steve and Beth Nyerick of Alex's Lemonade Stand
We had two special visitors at our wrap up meeting last evening, Steve and Beth Nyerick from Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Steve has been spearheading the Lemonade Stand since its inception 17 years ago. Beth has been there for the past 15 years. We learned last night that in those past 17 years, the stand has raised over $140,000 through the hard work of Steve, Beth, the DePaolo Middle School students and their parents, who volunteer during the Apple Harvest Festival.
Our Apple Fritter Booth has a special relationship with Alex’s Lemonade Stand. As you may know, every year the students gather at the exit of our fritter line, sometimes singing and cheering, encouraging our supporters to donate to their cause of finding a cure for all children with cancer. And donate you have.
Last night Steve and Beth informed us if it was not for all of your generosity, they would not have raised nearly the amount of money they have over these many years.
Thank you to all of you who have supported not only us, but Alex’s Lemonade Stand. You are making a difference in the lives of many children with cancer.
We would also like to thank Steve and Beth for their commitment to this cause all of these years. Not only are you helping to make a difference in lives of many children with cancer, but also making a difference in the lives of all of those middle school students you have mentored and demonstrated how to make a difference in this world. Thank you!!