Crown Point The annual Crown Point Congregational Church Strawberry Festival is growing.
The eighth annual event, slated for Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will add amusement rides this year to go along with its traditional fare. The festival is held in the park adjacent to the church.
“For the past eight years, First Congregational Church of Crown Point, with it’s 35 plus members, have ambitiously organized, set-up and staffed a Strawberry Festival,” said the Rev. David Hirtle, church pastor. “The proceeds have been used to support our historic buildings as well as provide funds for our outreach programs in our community — fuel assistance, food and heating assistance.
“In addition 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 added. “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.”
This year’s Strawberry Festival will include the church’s “famous” strawberry shortcakes made with local berries, strawberry ice cream sundaes, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, onions and peppers, michigan sauce and soft drinks.
There will be raffles throughout the day with items donated by local businesses, including a barbecue from Crown Point Barbecue.
Entertainment will be provided by Loose Connections, Ti Assembly of God and “Nancy.”
There will be classic cars and vendors.
New this year are rides from Amyland Amusement as well as a “Jump For Joy” bounce house.
“We invite vendors and yard sellers,” Hirtle said. “This year there will be rides for the children through the donation of that vendor. There is food a plenty and we attempt to provide music from the town stage.”
For information or to sign up as a vendor call Gary at 597-3520.