If you’re a lover of anything strawberry filled, flavored or topped, the Troy Strawberry Festival is the place for you this weekend.
With strawberry versions of funnel cakes, waffle bowls, cheesecake, gelato and more, this festival is a berry lover’s dream. But the treats aren’t all you have to see — there will also be live music both days, with the main stage downtown, contests, food trucks, tournaments, runs and craft vendors.
With the help of Troy Strawberry Festival organizers and faithful festival-goers, we have come up with a list of things you will want to try at the festival. This list is by no means exhaustive, so get ready to overindulge.
1. Strawberry donuts: These are simply a must. You won’t regret the long line you will surely have to stand in over at Troy Memorial Stadium (visitor’s side) to get these yummy treats. Trust us, they are worth it. These donuts are perhaps one of the greatest Troy Strawberry Festival traditions. The donuts will be sold by the Troy Music Boosters for $10 a dozen and will help benefit Troy schools music programs.
2. Homemade strawberry shortcake: These yummy treats will be sold at the Troy Senior Citizens Center, 133 N. Market St. Get your shortcake one of three ways: shortcake with a biscuit, angel food cake or a standard shortcake shell.
3. Strawberry salsa: Think of the flavor as sweet heat. The salsa is always a big-seller and will be sold by the Future Begins Today, which helps to offers scholarships to high school students.
4. Chocolate-covered strawberries: It’s a classic combination that never gets old with festival-goers. Fletcher United Methodist Church (and others) will be selling them.
5. Strawberry cheesecake: This delicious, simple dessert available at the St. Patrick’s booth is another festival favorite.
6. Strawberry lemon shakeups: These classic cool-down drinks (with a berry twist) will be available at the Troy Rotary Club booth.
7. Strawberry basil chicken wings: Perdue Chicken will be on-site serving up this flavor sensation.
8. Strawberry kettle corn: A strawberry twist to this festival classic will be sold by His Hands Extended Sanctuary.
9. Strawberry pickles: If you’re feeling daring, stop by the Knights of Columbus booth and see what these are all about.
10. Fresh Berries: If what you’re craving is simply plain strawberries, you can find those as well. The Newton Music Boosters will be selling fresh-picked strawberries from Fulton Farms.
Take the shuttles and bring plenty of cash (There will be 6 ATM machines available: four downtown and two on the levee). Festival organizers prefer patrons take the free shuttles -- parking downtown will be few and far between. Shuttles, which will run continuously both days of the festival, transport from the following locations:
- WACO Field, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. Take I-75 to Exit 69 and follow the signs).
- The Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. Take I-75 to Exit 78 and follow the signs to the shuttles).
- Hobart Corp./ITW Food Equipment (handicap accessible parking, only handicap accessible pickup), 701 South Ridge Ave., Troy. Take I-75 to Exit 73 and follow the signs to the shuttles.
- Shuttles will also travel to and from the Troy Courthouse and Troy Memorial Stadium.
“It’s the easiest way to get to the festival.” said event organizer Debbie Char. The shuttles are free and will drop off near the courthouse. Shuttle hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
HOW TO FIND YOUR FAVORITE FOOD
With the festival split between downtown and the river levee, your best bet, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, is to stop by the information booth for a brochure or to ask for help. The festival’s Facebook page and website also offer tips for making the most of your day.
BEYOND THE BERRIES
In an effort to become more handicap accessible, the festival will provide handicap parking and shuttle services from ITW/Hobart Headquarters on Ridge Ave. Interpreting will be provided free for many of the staged events by Community Services for the Deaf.
Expect traditional festival food and drink as well as the strawberry sensations, from BBQ chicken to sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, sweet corn, fish, pulled pork and supersized pork tenderloin sandwiches.
There will also be live music throughout the weekend. Visit the festival website for information on who is playing and when.
Every food vendor represents a non-profit serving Miami County. Over 70 non-profits are represented this year. Most of the restaurants and businesses downtown will be open for business, so stop by and try something new. Many restaurants will offer special items in honor of the berry.
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WANT TO GO?
What: Troy Strawberry Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3
Where: Troy downtown and Great Miami River levee Admission: Free. Parking, shuttle service available (watch for signs).
Festival location: Beautiful historic Downtown Troy and along the Great Miami River Levee, Troy.
Cost: Free to attend.
More info: 937-339-7714 or www.gostrawberries.com
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