The phrase “back by popular demand” is one that is heard quite frequently in the entertainment business. However East Haven Fall Festival President Al Zullo and Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. have announced that truly “popular demand” is the primary reason that the ever popular and dynamic entertainer, Tony Orlando, will be making a return visit to this year’s Fall Festival ! Orlando will be the feature entertainment for the 27th annual event being held the weekend of September 7th, 8th and 9th.
Orlando, a former Male Entertainer of the Year, Casino Entertainer of the Year and winner of two People’s Choice Awards was the feature entertainment for the Festival back in 2015, as organizers were anticipating the largest Saturday night crowd in the Festival’s history. Unfortunately, a heavy rainstorm was forecast to hit the East Haven area by the original showtime of 9:30 pm. As the event is held outdoors, in order to salvage Orlando’s show, the Executive Committee on the same morning, rescheduled his act to begin 3 ½ hours earlier, depending primarily on social media to get the information out to the public. Despite threatening skies and the significant change in schedule, several thousand still came out and were entertained by Tony for almost 90 minutes, as Orlando graciously continued to perform even as the rain began one hour into the show.
“Since that night in 2015, the Festival committee has been inundated with requests to bring Tony back, by the scores of followers who were unable to attend the earlier impromptu starting time. We tried in both 2016 and 2017 to do so but Mr. Orlando’s schedule simply did not permit him to return. So needless to say, the Festival Committee is thrilled we were able to secure his services for this year !”, stated President Zullo.
Tony Orlando, who in 2002 was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for Outstanding Performance shot to top of the charts in 1973 with his mega hit, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon…”. Orlando was the winner of 3 American Music Awards and twice Branson Entertainer of the Year.
“Through the tremendous generosity of our business community the Festival this year is again able to bring the nationally acclaimed entertainer, the ever-popular Tony Orlando! This type of Casino/Las Vegas entertainment attracts thousands who are willing to pay appreciable ticket prices; yet thanks to our Festival, East Haven will again be presenting the Tony Orlando show for FREE !  Once again this could not be accomplished without the generosity of our entire business community as this event continues to be the best free festival in the State and with our Fireworks Day, one of East Haven’s signature events.” stated Mayor Maturo.
The Festival is also delighted to announce that Friday night will also be featuring nationally acclaimed entertainment once again this year, featuring “Theo Peoples….former lead singer of The Four Tops & The Temptations !” Peoples joined “The Temptations” in 1992 and remained with them until 1998, joining “The Four Tops” later in 1998. Peoples is the only vocalist that fronted both of these legendary Motown acts. Theo and his group will be performing a “Four Tops & Temptations Revue”.
The event continues to be supported by corporate sponsorships and individual contributions.  Anyone interested in helping with this effort, or for any further information on the Festival, should contact Joe Coppola in the Mayor’s office, at 468-3204 or email him at
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For further information:
Frank Gentilesco, Jr.
(EH Fall Festival Executive Committee)        (203) 627-0602