O’Brien Tech students ready Shelton site for Saturday's Harvest House

Above, Emmett O’Brien Tech students Ray Witalis of Shelton, left, and Dakota Meiers of Seymour help to build the wooden structure for Harvest House inside the Rotary Club Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk) in Shelton. Both students are juniors. (Photo by Brad Durrell)

Thousands of donated nonperishable food items will be placed on the structure’s shelves on Saturday during the Harvest House festival, when donations for area food banks are collected.

Students and staff from Emmett O’Brien Technical High School have volunteered their time during the past few days constructing the temporary, 400-square-foot wooden house with shelves.

Collecting more than 100,000 items

The fifth biannual Harvest House will take place at the park on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at the downtown Shelton park. Most food collection activities are on Saturday.

During the festival, more than 100,000 nonperishable food items will fill the shelves and then distributed to food banks serving Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour.

During the past four Harvest Houses, over one million meals have been provided to Valley families in need.

A CANtastic Construction Competition will be held, where teams can enter their own structures built out of nonperishable food items.

Fun activities to be offered

Harvest House also includes many fun activities for families and individuals, with some taking place Sunday.

This will include visits with Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo animals, face painting, arts and crafts, a comedy magic show, touch-a-truck, moon bounce, hula hoops, karate, dance, fitness and acting performances, Cub Scout Olympics, and live music.

The event is open to the public. Learn more at www.valleyunitedway.org.