Strawberry festival is a sweet time for all

By Susan Mustapich | Jul 16, 2018
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Phyllis Baker adds whipped cream, the finishing touch, to homemade strawberry shortcake at the  Strawberry Festival July 14.

LINCOLNVILLE — Strawberries, summer sunshine, a parade and music in the shade drew a multi-generational crowd to the 25th Annual Strawberry Festival held in Lincolnville Center July 14.

Homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream was served, along with pies, inside the Community Building, and hot dogs were grilled outdoors. Members of the United Christian Church even picked and hulled the 180 quarts of strawberries from Raven's Berry Farm in Freedom, and made the shortcakes.

Youngsters were invited to gather at the Lincolnville Library to decorate their bicycles and wagons for the parade that began at Drakes Corner.

Peg Miller was chosen Strawberry Queen and Grand Marshal of the parade. The Strawberry Festival started in 1994 when Miller, with the assistance of Barbara Tarantino, transformed a small village fair into the multifaceted festival it is today.

Harmonica players, the Lincolnville Community Band and Rosey Gerry's Route 17 Ramblers entertained with music throughout the festival.

In honor of the festival's 25th anniversary, church members assembled a special strawberry cookbook featuring old-time and new cuisine recipes. The Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the United Christian Church.

Summer sunshine, strawberries, music and lots of fun things for kids to do drew a multi-generational crowd to the Strawberry Festival July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Lots of pie, including strawberry, rhubarb, and, of course, the two combined, is served up in the Community Building at the 25th annual Strawberry Festival July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Dominque Gabel, left, and Lee Cronin, right, serve up homemade strawberry shortcake July 14 at the United Christian Church's Strawberry Festival. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Lincolnville Strawberry Festival Queen Peg Miller, left, with one of her daughters, Patty McNinch, greet friends and visitors at the Community Building during the Strawberry Festival July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Eliza Jean Hall uses her athletic skills to ace the strawberry bean bag toss at the Strawberry Festival in Lincolnville July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
From left, Tegan Harvey and Acadia and Paisley Hayslip sport strawberry accessories for the Strawberry Festival parade in Lincolnville. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Rosey Gerry's Route 17 Ramblers entertain with country and bluegrass music at the Strawberry Festival July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Spectators relax in the shade as the Route 17 Ramblers entertain during the afternoon July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The Lincolnville Band plays medleys from "Star Wars," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and more at the Strawberry Festival. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
This antique car is decorated for the Strawberry Festival July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Strawberry Festival activities for children included making these flags, creating balloon creatures and blowing giant bubbles July 14. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 16, 2018 15:38

Small town doings are so creative and fun for all! Keep up the good work and wish I could taste one of those tasty pies!



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