Sweet, tangy, juicy and richly red — strawberries are one of summer’s favorite fruits. Yet beyond their plump, heart-shaped exterior, strawberries have the power to bring together a community for what is about to be 42 years. Troy’s weekend-long strawberry-palooza engages not only the community by bringing together small businesses and nonprofits, but in years past has brought together more than 150,000 attendees from all over Ohio and the country.
The festival will feature a wide variety of events from a Berry Bike Tour, the Queen’s pageant and even a diaper derby, as well as performances from local groups and over 200 arts and craft booths. However, the most exciting part is the over 60 food vendors who have incorporated strawberries in every way possible in their dishes, from strawberry donuts to strawberry barbecue.
Troy is only about an hour and a half away — perfect for a weekend road trip.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Troy, Ohio, gostrawberries.com.