“The strawberry festival started 38 years ago as a way for the community to come together,” said event organizer Carrie Smalser. “It was a strawberry social after the fire departments no longer had their fireman’s carnival.”
Carrie Smalser is one of many volunteers who are preparing for the 36th Annual Strawberry Festival this weekend in Ovid.
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“We have lots of great food,” Smalser said. “They will be doing hotdogs and hamburgers and drinks. There is a strawberry dessert booth that benefits the Ovid Federated Church where they do strawberry shortcakes, strawberry sundaes, or the works, which is a mixture of the two.”
This Saturday, June 18, the festival kicks off at 7 a.m.-11 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Ovid Federated Church. Craft vendors and other outside vendors/farm markets start at 9 a.m. behind the Firehouse Distillery and the Ovid Fire Department.
“Due to COVID-19, we haven’t been able to have it for the previous two years, so this will be a great way for the Romulus and South Seneca Communities to come together,” Smalser said
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at South Seneca School and goes to the Firehouse on Brown Street.
For more information head to the festival’s Facebook page here.
Rebecca is a veteran multimedia journalist serving as one of our core reporters in the Finger Lakes region. She is responsible for telling stories that matter to every day Upstate New Yorkers. Have a question or lead? Send it to [email protected].