27th Annual Strawberry Festival

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Everyone’s Favorite Berry Takes Center Stage At the 27th Annual Strawberry Festival
By: Kelly Woodard

That first bite of a fresh, ripe strawberry defines the taste of spring. Let your taste buds run wild at the 27
th Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival this Saturday and Sunday, April 12th and 13th at the Loxley Municipal Park located at 4198 Municipal Park Drive in Loxley, AL.
The festival, which began in 1987 as a result of a united effort between the Association of Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County (ARCBC) and the Loxley Elementary School, will feature fresh from the vine strawberries made into some of your favorite treats including pies, jams, tarts, and muffins. In addition to fantastic food, the festival will host an antique tractor show, car show, arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, and plenty of fun for the whole family.
"We are anticipating close to 100,000 people attending the festival and I hope to sell 10,000 strawberry shortcakes," said Mary Carolyn McDaniel, who has been involved with the festival since its beginning. McDaniel said the event is also held in the perfect location as the Municipal Park provides ample shade, and is easily accessible.
The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival held the 27th Annual “Little Miss Strawberry Pageant” at the Loxley Civic Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Sixty-one girls participated, representing both public and private schools. Kyra Rose Cornwell, who attends Magnolia Elementary School in Magnolia Springs was crowned “Little Miss Strawberry Queen” for 2014 by the reigning 2013 Queen, Georgia Kate Paradise. The Queen and her court will be presiding over the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival throughout the weekend, so stop by and meet Little Miss Strawberry.
Each year, the festival raises over $48,000 for its two beneficiaries. Proceeds from the festival have helped each organization with its daily operations. Loxley Elementary School has used their funds to purchase computers for their classroom and library, to air condition their multi-purpose building, and to upgrade their playground equipment. The Association for Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County (ARCBC) has used its funds to open new residential homes and to purchase vans used at these homes.
The festival has become one of the largest and is considered by many as one of the best organized festivals in the area.
The festival is free to attend. Donations will however be accepted. For more information, visit www.baldwincountystrawberryfestival.net.