Cooler Climes Of Pine Calling

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Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival taking place June 9 and 10 at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center ramada and Pine Elementary School. In addition to all varieties of strawberry treats, there will be bounce houses, a climbing rock and pony rides for the kids.

Cooler climes are calling in the Rim Country this weekend. Head up to Pine for the 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show and the 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival.

Both events will be at the Pine Community Center, which is in the center of Pine, to the west side of Highway 87.

The quilt show kicks things off, taking place in the cultural hall of the community center and opening at 9 a.m., Friday, June 8 and continuing until 5 p.m.; it will be open again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 9 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 10.

Admission is $2 per person and those who bring a non-perishable food item will get a ticket for a quilt drawing to be held Sunday.

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Getting a taste of Strawberry

The Strawberry Patchers will also have tickets available for the Opportunity Quilt to be awarded in August.

In addition to a great display of beautiful quilts, the show includes the Berry Patch Boutique featuring works by members of the Strawberry Patchers, a nine-member Vendor Mall, a quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting. There will also be a special display area for the group’s Sweet 16 Quilters Challenge. Because this is the 16th year of the show, the group decided to challenge members to create quilts featuring 16 of something. All the quilts entered in the challenge will be in their own display space, with guests of the show invited to vote on their favorites.

To make an appointment for a $45 quilt appraisal, call Show Chair Sandy Salmans at (928) 472-4547 or (951) 233-3708. If appraisal slots are available, appointments can be made during the show.

To learn more, visit the group’s Web site: www.strawberrypatchers.com.

It’s hard to believe — at least for some of us who remember when the first ones were held — but this is the 22nd year the Strawberry Festival is being presented.

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The 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will be held in conjunction with this weekend’s Strawberry Festival.

Activities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 9 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 10. The bulk of the fun and food will be found in and around the ramada at the Pine Strawberry Community Center. But some of the activities will be expanded to the playground at the Pine Elementary School.

On the playground, Mr. Bounce will have a 100-foot-by-100-foot space of inflatables, plus a climbing rock and pony rides.

There will be craft vendors and food vendors. And inside the senior center dining hall there will be a kids’ craft area.

Of course there will be strawberries for sale and many strawberry treats: floats, pies, chocolate dipped strawberries, bagels for the morning with cream cheese and much more.

Sponsors are inviting guests at the festival and quilt show to get out and explore around the community while visiting as local merchants will have strawberries and some will have vendors outside their shops.

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