Strawberry festival begins Friday
FARMINGTON — The 32nd annual Farmington Strawberry Festival will be Friday evening through Sunday afternoon in Farmington.
The Friday highlights include the queen and junior queen contests at 6:30 p.m. Starship Enterprise will play beginning at 7 p.m. in the shelter house along the Des Moines River, while a Strawberry Jam Session is held from 7-11 p.m. in the American Legion Hall.
Registration and sign-in for the Glo Run is set for 8 p.m. in front of the American Legion. The 5K event is described as “a one of a kind night time experience for all ages and speeds.” Participants will start from the American Legion, go around Indian Lake and return. Participants get a free T-shirt.
Saturday begins with a pancake and sausage breakfast at 6 a.m. in the shelter house along the riverbank.
The Cannon Ball Ride is a family friendly 10-mile round-trip bike ride to historic Croton. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. at the Farmington Arts Council booth. All entrants receive a T-shirt. Participants, who have their entries validated at the Croton School House between 10 a.m. and noon, can turn it in for the 3 p.m. door prize drawing at the art council’s table.
Saturday events will include a Farmington Library book sale, an arts, crafts and flea market, a strawberry cooking contest, a petting zoo, bingo, dunk tank, cakewalk, food, entertainment and more. A Muddy River Powwow is planned at Wild Rose Park. The Antique Garden Tractor Club will show its restored garden tractors outside the Farmington Locker, and go-cart races are set at Shimek Speedway.
Sunday begins with a biscuits and gravy breakfast at 6 a.m. in the shelter house, and a community worship service at 8 a.m. along the riverbank.
The Strawberry Stroll, a special feature of the Strawberry Festival, is a two-mile stroll through Indian Lake Park. All strollers receive a T-shirt with their registration. Registration is 8-8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Registration for the Kenny Hamberg Memorial Car Show is 8 a.m. to noon, with awards at 3:30 p.m.
Registration for the Trike & Bike Show is 9 a.m. to noon, with awards at 3 p.m.
The Berry Good Dog Show, with prizes awarded, will be at 1 p.m. in Wild Rose Park.
Sunday events also will include a Farmington Library book sale, an arts, crafts and flea market; bingo; a cakewalk, food, entertainment and more. A Muddy River Powwow is planned at Wild Rose Park, and a children’s pedal-tractor pull is scheduled.
The Farmington Arts Council will serve free strawberries and ice cream from 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Farmington.
For more information, visit the website www.farmingtonstrawberryfestival.com.