Farmington Strawberry Festival begins Friday
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Strawberry Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday with entertainment, contests, a flea market, car show and more, plus, free strawberries and ice cream served by the Berry Concerned People from 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the tent behind State Central Bank.
The annual festival, sponsored by the Farmington Arts Council, kicks off with the Strawberry Queen and Junior Queen Contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the shelterhouse along the Des Moines River. The evening’s entertainment will include music by Starship Enterprise from 5-6:30 p.m. in the shelterhouse and Madd Hass Jackson from 7-11 p.m. at the American Legion.
Saturday events include a book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farmington Library, a strawberry cooking contest at 9 a.m. at the shelterhouse, and registration for the Cannon Ball Bike Ride from 9-11 a.m. Bingo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at the shelterhouse, and the Pioneer Historical Society Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Muddy River Powwow will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wild Rose Park. A cake walk is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Cheerful Checkers the Clown is scheduled to entertain from 2-4 p.m., and a talent show is planned to get underway at 3 p.m. at the American Legion.
Music is planned from 5-7 p.m. at the shelterhouse. Go-cart races begin at 7 p.m. at Shimek Speedway, and Stink Bait & Jive Radio is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the American Legion bandstand.
Sunday begins with a community worship service at 8 a.m. The Strawberry Stroll is from 8-8:30 a.m. at Indian Lake Park.
Registration for the Kenny Hamberg Memorial Car Show will be 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Second and Elm streets. Each entrant receives a free T-shirt, plus a dash plaque is given to the first 75 entrants. The awards are to be presented at 3:30 p.m.
Registration for the Trike & Bike Show also is from 8 a.m. to noon, with awards at 3 p.m.
Bingo will be played from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the shelterhouse. The Muddy River Powwow will continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A cake walk is set for noon, followed by the Berry Good Dog Show at 1 p.m. The Pioneer Historical Society Museum will be open again from 1-4 p.m., and a children’s pedal-tractor pull is planned to start at 2 p.m.
Both Saturday and Sunday, breakfast will be served beginning at 6 a.m. at the shelterhouse, and pork and rib-eye sandwiches will be available at noon at the American Legion.
Strawberry Land will have an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and an arts, crafts and flea market will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the riverbank.
The festival also will include food stands, face painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, a carnival and more.
For more information, visit the website www.villagesofvanburen.com and click on “Farmington” or the event calendar.
Information also can be obtained by calling Farmington Arts Council members Virginia Scotton at 319-878-3905 or Lisa Burns at 319-878-4255.