Strawberries, summer sunshine, a parade and music in the shade drew a multi-generational crowd to the 25th Annual Strawberry Festival held in Lincolnville Center July 14.

Homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream was served, along with pies, inside the Community Building, and hot dogs were grilled outdoors. Members of the United Christian Church even picked and hulled the 180 quarts of strawberries from Raven's Berry Farm in Freedom, and made the shortcakes.

Youngsters were invited to gather at the Lincolnville Library to decorate their bicycles and wagons for the parade that began at Drakes Corner.

Peg Miller was chosen Strawberry Queen and Grand Marshal of the parade. The Strawberry Festival started in 1994 when Miller, with the assistance of Barbara Tarantino, transformed a small village fair into the multifaceted festival it is today.

Harmonica players, the Lincolnville Community Band and Rosey Gerry's Route 17 Ramblers entertained with music throughout the festival.

In honor of the festival's 25th anniversary, church members assembled a special strawberry cookbook featuring old-time and new cuisine recipes. The Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the United Christian Church.