CP First Congregational to celebrate strawberries, automobiles

The First Congregational Church of Crown Point will  host its 10th annual Strawberry Festival June 29.

The First Congregational Church of Crown Point will host its 10th annual Strawberry Festival June 29.

— Through its first decade, the Strawberry Festival of the First Congregational Church of Crown Point has continued to grow.

For the third year, the festival, which takes place Sunday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the town park, will feature a car show with an assist from Champlain Valley Classic Cars.

“The classic cars group has been awesome to us and has been a great addition to the event,” Pastor David Hirtle said. “Tom Neddo had a vision of this, to bring another group of people into the mix to help bring more out to the family friendly event.”

Hirtle has been at the church for eight of the first nine festivals and has watched as the day has grown.

“The goal 10 years ago was to do something so the community would see that the church was still here, alive and well,” Hirtle said. “The first five or six years, we did not make any money from the event, which was fine because that was never the goal.”

Since, as the festival grew and did turn into a source of funds for the church, Hirtle said the money has been used for various projects.

“We finished re-roofing the chapel and have re-painted the pillars,” Hirtle said. “The proceeds have been used to support our historic buildings as well as provide funds for our outreach programs like fuel, food and heating assistance.”

This festival includes the “famous” strawberry shortcakes (made with local berries), strawberry ice cream sundaes (ice cream provided by Stewart’s), burgers, hotdogs and sausage (meat provide by Mc Kenzies Classic Meats), Pepsi products and onions, peppers and Peggy’s famous michigan sauce.

There will be raffles throughout the program with items donated by local businesses including a barbecue from Crown Point Bar-B-Que Sauce.

Headlining the stage show will be Loose Connections as well as Nancy!. CPTELCO will provide WiFi throughout the park during the event.

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