Strawberry Festival back

Elmwood’s day of sweet treats returns Saturday

ELMWOOD – The one-day food, cool cars and craft fest that is the Strawberry Festival returns for a 36th year on Saturday, June 1, in Central Park.

As in years past, food is a major focus of the Strawberry Festival, with pancakes at the Fire House from 6-10 a.m and the food tent open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be warned, though, some strawberry desserts have been known to sell out early in years past.

Other staples of the festival are craft vendors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., a car show from 8-11 a.m., the Prairie Quilters show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Elmwood’s Presbyterian Church and live music at the gazebo featuring the River Valley Big Band (10 a.m. to noon), Sarah & The Underground (12:30-2:30 p.m.) and The Aristocrats (3-5 p.m.).

New this year is a cruise-in from 3-5 p.m. for those who can’t make the car show or just want to stick around.

The event kicks off a busy slate of summer festivals around the area that also includes:
• June 8 – The My Place St. Jude run and fundraiser festival in Yates City.
• June 27-29 – Heritage Days in Princeville.
• Aug. 8-10 – Old Settlers Days in Brimfield.
• Aug. 16-17 – Harvest Home Festival in Yates City.
• Sept. 7 – Italian Fest in Farmington.
• Sept. 8 – Ag Day in Williamsfield.