2011 Somerset Strawberry Festival in Marion
The 2011 Somerset Strawberry Festival will take place in Marion Station on Friday and Saturday, May 13 - 14, 2010 and has been expanded to include even more events and activities than last year’s fest.
At 6:30 a pageant for youngsters – the Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry Festival competition – will be held. Prizes for the winners will include the crown and sash, flowers, savings bonds and other gifts. Call Kathy Crockett at 410-968-1471 for entry information.
Following the pageant, the Barren Creek Band will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the Strawberry Festival will begin with entertainment by Threshold (9 to 10 a.m.) followed by formal festival opening ceremonies at 10:30. From 11 a.m. to the 2 p.m. closing time, there will be music by the Adam Billy Group, Shining Light, the Menno’lites and others still to be announced.
Saturday will be packed with special events: the Strawberry Strut Five K Run, a strawberry jams, jellies and baked goods contest and a parade (line-up and registration begins at 10) of decorated pets, bikes and ATVs, and children in strawberry-inspired outfits.
There will also be a number of special exhibits on the history of Marion Station and its years as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.”
Festival food will include barbecued chicken, pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, Accohanock Indian specialties and of course, strawberry funnel cake, strawberry shortcake, and plenty of fresh strawberries.
More than 20 vendors of craft items and food have signed up to participate in the festival so far and more are welcome (call 410-968-2787).
Applications for the various Strawberry Festival contests and the run as well as detailed information about all the events and activities are available on-line at www.somersetstrawberryfestival.com .
The festival is sponsored by the Crisfield Events Planning Office, the Chamber of Commerce and their partners, the Crisfield Heritage Foundation and the Somerset County Arts Council. The event is funded, in part, by a grant from the Eastern Shore Heritage Council.
Come early or stay late, and enjoy Crisfield. See you there!