Strawberry Festival Moves To Hunt's Meadow

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On June 9 and 10 Hunt's Meadow at the end of Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry will be THE place to find luscious red delicious strawberries -- plain, chocolate-covered, on a kabob, mashed and cooked in jam and sipped as strawberry sparkle, through a straw.

The Annual Strawberry Festival is going to be larger and more fun than ever this year with live entertainment, promises the Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC).

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The annual Strawberry Festival, along with a country fair and flea market, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. This year the event will be held in Hunt's Meadow in Strawberry, on Fossil Creek Road west of the Historic Strawberry School.

It has moved off the Beeline to a broad meadow.

There will be inflatable play land bounce castles and slides for the children.

Folks can try their hand at the gold panning booth.

The Arizona Gunfighters have brought their Western town and will stage shows throughout the day.

Junction 87 will provide music for dancing both days.

"It is going to be a unique event this year and the nominal cost at the gate goes right back into the community for future events," said Nancy Helmkamp, one of the events organizers.

The PSBC hosted Arizona Day last February with free hot dogs and sodas.

Admission to the Strawberry Festival is $5 for adults and $2 for children. There will be plenty of free parking.

"The Hunt family is graciously allowing us to use their property to promote the community," she said.

Also new to the festival this year: "The Riff Raff Club is bringing miniature ponies, dressed up, so people can have their picture taken with them," Helmkamp said.

Cool stuff to take home

Many artisans will have booths showcasing their varied wares, with works in wood, metal and ceramic, jewelry, paintings and candles.

Need a toy gun that shoots marshmallows? Need a sweet treat for your children, which is good for them, too?

There are vendors for those things.

There will even be a cobbler with sandals.

The flea market booths round out the selection of vendors.

Things to eat besides strawberries

Shopping, dancing, playing and hanging out in Western towns can lead to thirst and pangs of hunger.

The food vendors at the festival will have pulled pork and barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers and Chicago-style hot dogs and brats to satisfy a hearty appetite.

Kettle corn, cinnamon almonds, funnel cakes, Italian ice, chocolate bananas and deep-fried ice cream are available for dessert.

Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show

In addition to the festival the Strawberry Patchers are holding their annual Quilt Show at the Community Center Cultural Hall on Highway 87 in Pine.

The Strawberry Patchers will hold the 11th Annual Quilt Show June 8, 9 and 10 in the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center. More than 100 quilts are expected, and this year, for the first time, the exhibit will include wearable quilted work.

The quilts entered in show come from all over the state, with the majority made by Rim Country quilters and quilt groups.

Members of the Strawberry Patchers will be available to answer questions about the quilts on exhibit, she said.

Once again the Strawberry Patchers will have certified quilt appraiser Karen Housner available to give appraisals for $40 per quilt, by appointment. To make an appraisal appointment, call MacCleary at (928) 472-4410.

There will be a daily demonstration of the old-fashioned treadle sewing machine by Wilma Hitterman, who is a part-time Rim Country resident.

The show will again have the Strawberry Patchers' Berry Patch Boutique featuring quality hand-made items -- including quilts -- to purchase. Buyers will find merchandise starting at only $5.

Tickets for a quilt raffle will also be on sale at one for $1 or six for $5. This year's raffle quilt is called "Arizona in All Her Glory."

There will also be vendors both in the exhibit hall and the Pine library annex building behind the cultural hall. They will be selling quilt goods, kits and patterns, plus jewelry, hand balm and more.

Admission is $2 per person and attendants will get to select the prize-winning quilts at the show.

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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