Strawberry Fest, Quilt Show This Weekend In Pine

Cooler temps, family fun await up north

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Head up to Pine this weekend — not only for cooler climes, but also 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, 15 miles north of Payson.

The quilt show kicks things off, taking place in the cultural hall of the community center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9; and 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.

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, a Vendor Mall, a quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting.

To learn more, visit the group’s Web site: www.strawberrypatchers.com. The 2012 Quilt Show Chair is Sandy Salmans and she can be contacted at (928) 472-4547.

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.

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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