The Strawberry Festival features new events this year on Friday and Sunday but the main event is still Saturday.
Beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, June 7, the Strawberry Patchers will host a two-day Quilt Show in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine. Local quilters take this once-a-year opportunity to show off their hand-quilted works of art, which take hundreds of hours to complete. White gloves will be provided for handling the quilts. The show runs until 4 p.m., and will open again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The annual raffle quilt, a beautiful set of cabins and pine trees and stitched by all of the members, will be on display and tickets are $1 a piece or six for $5.
The Lacey Ladies, a local favorite, will set up in the Pine Museum, also at the Community Center. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ladies, in town Friday only, will be demonstrating the variety of ways to make handmade lace.
The big show kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 in Strawberry. Residents roll out the red carpet to welcome visitors and guests.
To enjoy the trek, park at the elementary school in Pine (behind the Community Center) check out the quilts and then catch the shuttle up to Strawberry where 75 artisans will be set up to show and sell.
There will be live music with Santa at Strawberry Auto Service.
Strawberries, strawberry ice cream, strawberry soda, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry jam, strawberry beer, and strawberries painted on faces are just a part of the sticky sweet tradition that brings this one-of-a-kind town alive.
The Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona is on Fossil Creek Road almost two miles west of Highway 87 in Strawberry. The ever-popular Spencer and Jackson Traveling Troupe will be performing at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The Troupe is an 1880s traveling tent show.
At that time, the one-room schoolhouse would have been the community gathering spot and a tent show would have drawn wagons full of families in their Sunday best from all the surrounding ranches.
Comedy, drama and singing-along are part of the fun. They pass the traditional hat, working for tips and playing for the passion of the time.
Sunday will be a jamming good time as the newest event to be added to the Strawberry Festival gets off the ground. The Strawberry Jam will start around noon in the grassy field just west of Guiseppe's on Highway 87 in Strawberry. Join the jam by bringing your instrument or your voice.
Local favorites, the old-time fiddlers will start the jam and invite any musicians and music lovers to join them.
All great musicians are backed by a great audience so come be a part of this one. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and sit a spell for a great Sunday afternoon.