Get Your Fill Of Music, Entertainment, Strawberries

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The new, exciting and totally different Strawberry Festival is this weekend with events both in Strawberry and Pine. The main event is in Hunt's Meadow on Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry. The Gunfighters are bringing their own town for some Western action. The two shows daily will be fun for everyone. Music will feature the Highway 87 band. Activities and games will be ongoing all day, with gold mining and other events for all ages.

Come hungry, as the variety of food vendors will be enticing you with great smells and tastes -- brats, burgers, tacos, fajitas, ice cream and popcorn. There will be strawberry sparkle, strawberry-rhubarb pie, chocolate-covered strawberries and flats of strawberries for purchase. And there will be a wonderful array of craft vendors. The flea market will be filled with hidden treasures.

Spraying for bugs has been a priority in the preparations and treatments will continue. However, because this is an outdoor event, people are encouraged to bring hats, water, sun screen and bug repellent. Parking is abundant and shuttle service will be provided throughout both days from the Pine Community Center to Hunt's Meadow in Strawberry.

Strawberry Festival tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 through 12. They can be purchased at the gate. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. Bring the children and all your relatives, neighbors and friends for an exciting and fun day in Strawberry and Pine.

This event is sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community, PSBC.

The Quilt Show, featuring more than 100 beautiful quilts and other artwork, will be in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Tickets are $2. You can vote for your favorite quilt.

The Berry Patch Boutique will have handmade items, quilts to purchase, a quilt appraiser and booths selling quilting accessories.

Tractors and classic cars will be on display at the Community Center in Pine.

The Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

There will be a presentation to the public of the joint well development agreement between Pine Water Company and Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District. Discussion will include an overview of K2 deep well site selection, P/S and Pine Water Company joint well agreement, district hydrogeology and the K2 site, geophysical survey techniques and advanced drilling technology and process. There will be a time provided for the public to direct questions to a panel of board members and specialists.

Residents of Pine and Strawberry are encouraged to attend this meeting. Rumors abound whenever we have a problem with water supply. Those rumors have been flying lately. Some might be true and others are way too outlandish to be true. Hopefully, this meeting will provide facts and answers, which we all in Pine and Strawberry need and deserve to hear.

We owe it to ourselves and our communities to attend this meeting. We should not complain if we have not taken the available opportunities to hear all sides of the issue. See you at the meeting.

Do stop by the library to learn about all the exciting activities for children and youth. Movies, art shows, drama presentations, trivia contests and more are there for children and teens. Check it out.

My neighborhood has worked hard and pine needles and brush are piled alongside the road for the brush pickup service. One neighbor began raking and then another and it was contagious. It is great to know that we can make a difference. For information about the free brush pickup service and schedule, call Lisa at the PS Fire Department, (928) 476-4272.

This will be another busy weekend in Pine and Strawberry. We need to be extremely careful with any type of flammable materials. Also, remember that with all the weekend residents and visitors, water will be in short supply. Please conserve. Save that dishwater for watering plants. Fill a pail while waiting for hot water, rather than letting it slip away down the drain. Conserve.

-- Provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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