Annual Strawberry Festival

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37th Strawberry Festival!

June 11, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Warrior Run Church

FREE Admission! ~ FREE Parking!
Fun for the Whole Family!

Lots of Things To See and Do:

  1. Family Event featuring homemade food and ice cream
  2. Strawberry Desserts made from local berries
  3. Hamburgers, Hotdogs and our legendary Ham Barbeque
  4. Musical Entertainment
  5. Exhibit of Antique Cars (by Chapters of the AACA)
  6. Old Fashioned Hymn Sing accompanied by Pump Organ featuring John Ravert and students
  7. Tours of the Church and Cemetery
  8. Silent auction

 

NOTE: Proceeds from this event help pay for restoration of the Historic Warrior Run Church and the Hower-Slote  House.

 

Behind the Scenes

Saturday

strawberry5Members of the Society start churning hundreds of gallons of homemade ice cream in four different flavors. A dozen men and women sit at a table hulling and cutting mountains of locally grown strawberries for the various strawberry desserts. Other volunteers set up tents, grills, tables and chairs and prepare the church for Sunday’s festivities.

Sunday Early AM

The grounds of the beautiful and historic Warrior Run Church become a hive of activity as the grills are started, tables covered and all the details finalized. Customers arrive with their families and set up lawn chairs, intending to spend the day under the ancient trees. The freshly washed and waxed antique cars start to arrive and line up at the end of the lot.

A Little History

In 1980, local residents started the Strawberry Festival event to support historical research and preservation of this area’s Revolutionary War Era culture. The event was a success from the start, because of their dedication to quality food and entertainment.  The money raised became the foundation for the restoration of the Hower-Slote House and the award winning Heritage Days Festival, held each year in October.

Some folks travel great distances for the Strawberry Festival.  Some are descendants of the early settlers who carved out homesteads in this valley in the late 1700’s, and this is a homecoming for them. Others have lived in this area for only a few generations, but feel the tug of nostalgia for this quiet place where people have gathered for nearly 200 years.