Annual Strawberry Festival set for July 14

Jul 09, 2018
Peg Miller,  originator of the Strawberry Festival,  with Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney. Miller is this year's Strawberry Queen and will be honored as the parade's grand marshal.

Lincolnville Center — The 25th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincolnville Community Building and the United Christian Church (UCC), located at 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173) in Lincolnville Center.

The event offers an array of fun activities for the whole family. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Drakes Corner and will be led by piper Ross Faneuf and features the Lincolnville Band. Youngsters will gather at the library at 9:30 a.m. to decorate their bikes and wagons. (Decorations provided.) From there they will join the parade as it continues down Main Street.

The Strawberry Festival started in 1994 when Margaret "Peg" Miller, with the assistance of Barbara Tarantino, transformed a small village fair into the multifaceted festival it is today. In recognition of her contribution to the ongoing success of this event, Peg Miller has been chosen Strawberry Queen and will ride as the parade's grand marshal.

There will be musical entertainment throughout the day, including Rosey and Friends, the Lincolnville Band, and the Soup Café Harmonica Boys led by Sam Manning.

Children's activities include outdoor games, crafts and face painting in the Parish Hall, a puppet show in the church sanctuary, and photographs with Annie Sue, everyone's favorite miniature horse from Moose Ridge Farm.

Refreshments include grilled hot dogs with Bob's famous fried onions and "Ruth's Recipe" relish, sausage rolls, and popcorn. The main attraction is homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Jams and other strawberry goodies, including baked goods, fruit kabobs and whoopee pies, will be for sale.

In honor of the festival's 25th anniversary, church members have assembled a special strawberry cookbook featuring old time and new cuisine recipes. Hand-painted strawberry motif aprons and hats are two of the many handcrafted items being offered for sale.

History buffs will have a chance to have a guided tour of the church which was built as the town meetinghouse in 1821. It has the original boxed pews, upper pulpit, balcony, and flow glass windows.

The Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the United Christian Church (UCC), an "all welcome" community church. Bring a lawn chair and plan to spend the day visiting with friends and enjoying the good food and entertainment. For information call Roberta Heald, event coordinator, at 763-3266.


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