Strawberry Festival

Staff Writer

Armed and Berry Dangerous! Volunteers gathered on Thursday afternoon to prepare fresh Strawberries for the Elk County Historical Society's biggest fundraiser the "Strawberry Festival".

The Elk County Historical Society will once again be hosting their Annual Strawberry Festival this Friday from 4:30 p.m. until all Strawberries are gone at the St Leo's Social Hall in Ridgway. Volunteers were hard at work on Thursday afternoon armed with their pairing knives preparing a mountain of berries for Friday's event.

Tons of kid's activities, a basket raffle, 50/50 tickets and of course the strawberry shortcake highlight this annual event that draws hundreds every year. Each dessert includes a biscuit, made fresh by Joey's Bakery the day of the festival, topped with ice cream, a fresh strawberry sauce, and whipped cream. This year the strawberries were procured from Lindell's Hatch Patch, a family owned Farm Market and Greenhouse located in Warren. These are not your grocery store berries that get shipped from California or Mexico. The berries were fresh picked in the fields on Thursday and brought directly to St. Leo's for the volunteers to clean and prepare. The "Strawberry Party" is a tradition as much as the festival, with volunteers returning each year to clean a mountain of berries for one of the best-loved events in Ridgway and a sure sign that the official Summer season has begun.

Doors will open at 4:30 and those in the know like to come early to make sure they get their shortcake before the strawberries run out. There will also be hamburgers, hot dogs and other food as well. Activities for the kids, including games, balloons, and face painting will take place alongside all the vendors and a local Jazz Band. Besides the basket raffle, the Historical Society will also raffle off a strawberry themed picnic package and an angel throw. The Strawberry Festival is the first event of the Summer so make sure to stop by the St. Leo's Social Hall starting at 4:30 p.m.