Hartford Strawberry Festival this Friday and Saturday
By Nancy Albright
Enjoy two days of fun at the 2017 Hartford Strawberry Festival this Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10.
The festival, organized by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place in Hartford’s Ely Park on Main Street and features rides, races, renaissance, magic, music, parades, princesses, arts, crafts, karaoke, food and of course, strawberries.
Friday opens at 12:00 p.m. with rides provided by Vertical Edge Entertainment, a variety of food vendors and the annual craft fair. The kids will meet at Red Arrow Elementary at 5:30 p.m. to decorate their bikes and line up for the Kiddie Parade which begins at 6:00 p.m. All kids are invited to walk in the parade, no matter where they live.
The official opening of this year’s festival is at 6:00 p.m. followed by the crowning of the Strawberry Prince and Princess and Sweetest Strawberry Baby at 6:45 p.m. Master Magician John Dudley will perform his many tricks; amazing kids and adults alike beginning at 7:30 p.m., and Friday evening will be topped off with classic rock and rhythm and blues by the Harbor Town Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
The Hartford Lions Club 39th Annual Strawberry Run kicks off Saturday’s activities. The One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K walk, and 5K and 10K runs start at 8:30 a.m. All races will begin and end at Hartford High School. The Hartford Band Boosters will provide racing fuel for those that come early at the annual Pancake Breakfast beginning at 7:00 a.m.
At 9:00 a.m., classic cars will be on display at The Bob Hall Memorial Car Show and a mini-Renaissance Fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. Line up for the Strawberry Parade at noon at Hartford High School and strut your stuff down Main Street beginning at 1:00 p.m. Parade winners will be announced at 2:00 p.m. Members of the Alley Kat Dance Studio will perform from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of the Community Hero Awards.
The Bed Races begin at 2:30 p.m., and get front row seats at the annual Strawberry Pie Eating Contest beginning at 3:00 p.m., a competition that is without a doubt fun for all ages. Look mom, no hands!
Ely Park will resound with music beginning at 2:15 p.m. with the Hartford High School Music Department, followed by a Karaoke contest, and the sounds of Elvis, rock and country.
Visit the Hartford Chamber of Commerce at hartfordmichamber.org for more information.
Strawberry run is Saturday
This year’s Hartford Strawberry Run is scheduled for Saturday, June 10.
The 5K Non-Competitive Walk, 5K Run and 10K Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. All runs will begin and end at Hartford High School. Strollers are allowed for the 5K Walk as long as participants start at the back of the pack.
The Lions Club will award trophies to the first, second and third place male and female winners of the 5K and 10K runs, and medals for the top three male and females in all 13 age groups. Every finisher of the 5K Walk will receive a participation ribbon.
2017 Strawberry Festival Schedule of Events
Friday, June 9
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Rides, Vertical Edge Entertainment
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Food Vendors
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Craft Show
5:30 p.m. – Kiddie Parade Line-up/Bike Decorating, Red Arrow Elementary
6:00 p.m. – Kiddie Parade down Main Street with Grand Marshalls Zoe Phillips and Timmy Dibble
6:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
6:45 p.m. – Crowning of Strawberry Royalty
7:30 p.m. – John Dudley the Magician
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Harbor Town Band, Classic Rock and R&B
Saturday, June 10
7:00 a.m. – Panc