The Strawberry Festival is a annual event filled with entertainment, food, artisans and strawberry shortcakes!
Our festival grows every year and manages to keep its small town country flavor boasting 20,000+ visitors each year
2016 SOUTH BERWICK’s 41st Annual STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE
Always the last Saturday in June, this year the festival will be on 25 June 2016. The South Berwick Strawberry Festival officially kicks off summer for this quaint, southern Maine town of South Berwick. All over town one can see the bright red, white, and green strawberry flags that not only line the main streets, but can also be seen flying from many houses. The day is filled with food, entertainment, games, and crafts.
For forty-one consecutive years, hundreds of volunteers from the community of South Berwick, have come together for this locale centered tradition. As always, official Festival activities will take place only within the boundaries of Central School, located on Main Street, in the center of town. A stop at the Strawberry Festival Information Booth is a must-do, to find out more about the day’s schedules for the multiple entertainment venues, locations of crafters and non-profit organizations booths, as well as the various activities throughout the fair grounds. At the information booth you can also purchase the strawberry festival T-shirts.
After months of planning and coordination the preparation for the festival shifts into high gear with the preparation of the strawberries on Friday, when the morning before the Festival at the Community Center, where over a hundred and fifty volunteers get together for a good old fashioned berry social to hull, slice, and sugar the berries. Early Saturday morning as smells of a pancake breakfast drift through the air, craft vendors setup their booths, grills get fired up and strawberry tent volunteers slice the biscuits, and move everything under the Strawberry Shortcake serving tent so all will be ready when the Festival officially opens @ 9:00 am.
Strawberry Tent, Food and Entertainment
Strawberry shortcakes have always been a favorite of the Festival and the order line typically wends across the front lawn of Central school. The volunteer staff will begin serving at 9:00am and continue until we run out of supplies. We will prepare and serve over 250 cases of fresh strawberries, 70 gallons of whipped cream, 300 dozen biscuits and 60 cheesecakes.
The greater portion of the courtyard is ringed by a huge section of food booths offering items such as fruit cups and smoothies, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and cold drinks, fried dough, lobster rolls, and entire BBQ chicken meals. In addition to shortcakes and cheesecakes There will be a community pancake breakfast from @ 6:00 – 10:00
Food items are prepared and sold by local non-profit groups that include The Fire Dept, Knights of Columbus, Masons, Rotary, local student groups and other non-profits organizations from the community. Entertainers draw crowds as varied acts perform a mix of folk music, jazz, rock, and dancing.
Old Fashion Trolley rides.
Transportation between overflow parking lots and the Festival grounds is FREE via an old fashion trolley ride. Running @ every 20 mins, from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. the trolleys will provide free transportation to the Festival from parking locations at Marshwood Great Works School on Rt 236, Community Center on Norton St, Powder House Hill, and Our Lady of the Angels Church Parking lot at 162 Agamenticus road.
The day’s activities begin at 8:00 am, a 5 mile Road Race and 2.5 mile Fun Walk, sponsored by the South Berwick Recreation Department and local businesses, kick off from Marshwood Middle School on Academy St.
Throughout the day, a variety of entertainers from around the area will be performing on two stages set up around the grounds. Here is the schedule of events:
9 – 10:30 Them Talking Monkeys/Sophie Towle – A locally based classic rock cover band featuring well known guitarists and strong vocals will have you rocking with the beat. https://facebook.com/themtalkingmoneys/
11 – 12:15 Featuring the acclaimed talents of performers Rob Babson and Ronda Dale. The duo features guitar and vocals that mingle Americana, Blues, and their own twist of style, developed during their 4 years of playing together as part of the Ronda Dale Duo Band. Ronda is a singer/songwriter based in Maine and has recently completed her debut CD called Somebody Like Me.
12:45 – 2:15 Hilton Park – a 3 piece Americana/Folk group, family friendly, all acoustic (with a keyboard when there’s no piano around), and we’re from Berwick, just down the road a bit. We just received a 2015 New England Music Award for “Best in State: Maine”. There are videos and audio on their website http://www.hiltonparkband.com Find them on facebook: hiltonparkmusic.
2:45 – 4:00 British Yankees – They are a British Blues and Rock and Roll Band featuring members: Vernon Northover: Guitar, vocals and harmonica; Christian Northover: Drums, percussion, and backing vocals; Tom Ambrose: Bass and backing vocals; Bob “Dyno” Dinozzi: Bass and backing vocals. They can be heard on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBritishYankees/
Sound system on the front stage is provided by Stephen Carrigan.
9-10:00 Paul Chase – Paul is a local who will be playing songs acoustically from his recently released children’s album. His vocals can be heard at http://www.paulchasejr.com/
10 – 12:30 New Legacy Swing Band - One of New England’s premier jazz and swing bands. They play the music of your life, from jazz and swing to waltzes and Latin rhythms. Come and dance! http://www.newlegacyswingband.com/
1 – 2:30 The Levels – A locally based Rock and Blues cover band.
3:00 – 4:00 Irish Step Dancers – You don’t have to be Irish to love these sprightly toe tappers from the McDonough-Grimes Irish Step Dancing School in Dover. www.nhirishdance.com
9:00 - 4:00 Children’s Games, Activities, Crafts, also Pony Rides by Lyman Hill Farm,
Adventure Climbing – Bungee Jump, Mechanical Bull Riding, Bouncy House, Slides
“Mad Science” Adventure – The Mad Science team transforms laboratory science into fun, interactive learning experiences for kids.
Over 90 juried artisans will be on hand to display and sell their hand-made wares, including clothing, pottery, wood products, jewelry, paintings, photographs, candles, jams and dips, furniture, chocolates, fudge and much, much more. These crafters will be located both at the side of and in front of Central School.
Remember be kind to your pets and have them stay in the coolness of your home.
You can visit us at our website at www.southberwickstrawberryfestival.com to volunteer for the day of the Festival or Hulling day the Friday before the Festival