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8/18/2021 - Southbury Celebration Committee Looking for Musical Talent

UPDATE: Due to Covid-19 concerns, the Southbury Celebration scheduled for Saturday October 2nd will be cancelled for 2021.

Southbury Celebration Committee is looking for local area musical talent including students and adults to volunteer to perform at this year's Southbury Celebration event on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at beautiful Lake Stibbs at the Southbury Training School on Route 172 in Southbury. The 23rd Annual Southbury Celebration featuring food, music, community fellowship and fireworks is co-sponsored by the Town of Southbury and the Southbury Training School. The rain date is Sunday, October 3rd.

The Southbury Celebration Committee invites artists of all ages to perform music with intergenerational appeal and to focus mostly on very recognizable cover songs. Music of all genres are welcomed, (ie: Pop; Folk; Rock; Jazz; Standards; Broadway; etc). Performers may use live accompaniment or karaoke tracks. Due to stage capacity, musicians are encouraged to limit their group size to between 1 and 5 performers.

The Committee will review all submissions and choose the performers that best fit the spirit of the event taking into consideration entertainment factor and available space on the program. They will be allocated 5 to 20 minutes to perform. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 10, 2021. Early submissions are greatly appreciated. Please upload submission videos and tapes to:

The 2021 event field is being 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 event 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.

A PowerStation DJ will start the music at 4:30 pm followed by talented local musicians. New this year will be a magician for kids of all ages. Music and entertainment will continue up until the National Anthem performance at around 7:45 pm immediately before the fireworks.

The Food Court currently has 10 food vendors including 7 commercial food trucks plus numerous community groups with a large variety of options providing: BBQ and southern cuisine, fried rice, dumplings and Asian style grinders, hot lobster rolls, scallop rolls, fish & chips, fried shrimp and New England clam chowder; empanadas, beef chili, corn, chicken tenders, fried dough, curly fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers baked goods, cannoli, snacks, candy, donuts, 40 varieties of packaged ice cream, soda, water, coffee and beverages. The Food Court will open earlier this year at 4:30 pm and will serve until 8:30 pm.

Sunday, October 3rd 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 for up to date information.

Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group ( will then launch fireworks over beautiful Lake Stibbs with many new and unique firework effects. Atlas PyroVision is a large professional fireworks display company in New England and produces over 700 shows annually. Sound, stage, lighting and DJ expertise are provided by PowerStation Events ( 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. 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 2021 committee members are Carole Van Tassel (co-chair, Heritage Village resident and community volunteer), Steve Hinckley (Southbury Training School Liaison), Jeff Manville (Southbury First Selectman), Michael Ganem (Southbury Parks and Recreation, Director), and co-chair Brian M. Jones (community volunteer).