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CROWN POINT - First Congregational Church of Crown Point will host its fifth annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 20.

Held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Crown Point town green, it will also feature a craft and antique show.

"For the past five years, First Congregational Church of Crown Point, with it's 35 plus members, have ambitiously organized, set-up and staffed a Strawberry Festival," Pastor David Hirtle said. "This year's Strawberry Festival, featuring freshly picked, local strawberries for our fabulous strawberry short cakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, hot dogs with or without Jan and Bonnie's Michigan sauce, sausages and all the fixn's will be held in the park."

Radio station WOKO will provide live updates during the festival, which will have entertainment by the Siver Family, Jim Bevins and Jon Belcher.

"We are pleased that this year we can share the considerable talents of the Siver Family, the Ticonderoga Assembly of God Praise Group, as well as the talented children of the Crown Point Central School," Hirtle said. "Part of this years stage will be hosted by Corey James and WOKO radio."

This year's festival will also feature children's rides.

"The proceeds have been used to support outreach programs in our community," Hirtle said. "In the past, our Strawberry Festival has helped us provide funding to organize a Thanksgiving dinner for those in the community who would not have adequate food to mark the holiday. Support from the Strawberry Festival has given us a footing to open, run and staff Second Blessings thrift shop here in Crown Point. Second Blessings outreach is provided on a donation basis only; clothing and small household items for those in our community who need them most. Again, items in our shop are given, even without a donation to those in need. With the assistance of additional donors in the community, this past year, we used Second Blessing funds to solicit and ensure that those who ran low on fuel during the winter months had warmth."

A portion of the proceeds from the strawberry festival will also be applied to the Hammond Chapel restoration fund.

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