Crown Point The ninth annual Crown Point Strawberry Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.
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.
“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.
“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 will also 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.
There will even be WiFi available during the event, provided by CPTELCO.
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.
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.