Vendors interested in participating in the ninth annual Crown Point Strawberry Festival are asked to reserve their spots soon. The event, sponsored by the First Congregational Church, will be held in the town park Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vendors interested in participating in the ninth annual Crown Point Strawberry Festival are asked to reserve their spots soon.
The event, sponsored by the First Congregational Church, will be held in the town park Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vendors are welcome to take part at no charge, but they are asked to register to reserve space. Interested vendors can call Gary Stevens at 597-3520.
“I expect the park to be full that day,” Pastor David Hirtle of the First Congregational Church said. “The Strawberry Festival has become a pretty popular event.
“The idea is to showcase Crown Point in a friendly, family atmosphere,” he added. “We’re not interested in making money, that’s why there’s no charge for vendors. All we really hope to do is break even and have a great day.”
The festival continues to grow. This year a classic car show will be added to the event. Tom Neddo is organizing that part of the festival along with the Champlain Valley Cruisers Club.
Also included will be the church’s “famous” strawberry shortcakes made with local berries, strawberry ice cream sundaes provided by Stewarts, burgers, hot dogs, sausage, Pepsi products, onions and peppers, barbecue by Crown Point Bar-B-Que and Peggy’s “famous” michigan sauce. Meat will be provided by McKenzie’s Classic Meats.
The band Loose Connections will perform, amusement rides will be provided by Amyland Amusement, there will be a “Jump for Joy” bounce tent and raffles for items donated by local businesses.
“This year, we are pleased to partner with Champlain Valley Classic Cars who will bring up to 30 beautiful, classic vehicles as eye-candy for all of us,” Hirtle said. “There will be vendors-a-plenty to make attendance a great experience.”
The festival started nine years ago when church member Charlie Harrington, now the town supervisor, had an abundance of strawberries and suggested a social.
“Charlie had a bumper group and suggested we do something,” Hirtle recalled. “It’s turned out to be a great success.
“The first two years we had two full days of activities,” he added, “but we decided to consolidate things into one day and get the community more involved. Now it’s one of the best days of the year in Crown Point.”
The First Congregational Church of Crown Point traces its history to 1804. Proceeds from the strawberry festival will be used to support its historic buildings as well as provide funds for outreach programs in the community as well as fuel, food and heating assistance.
“We have helped to organize and participated in a Thanksgiving dinner for those in the community who would not have adequate food to mark the holiday,” Hirtle said. “We also run and staff Second Blessings thrift shop here in Crown Point. This outreach is provided on a donation basis only. Items in our shop are given, even without a donation to those in need.”