Strawberries will be celebrated for the 23rd year throughout Pine and Strawberry on Highway 87 when the annual Strawberry Festival takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16.
Visitors will enjoy climbing walls, a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo, kids’ craft booth and a water game with WOW bubbles. Visitors can even test their skills on a mechanical bull.
Purchase raffle tickets to win a beautiful kayak — the drawing will be held during the Mountain Daze festival.
Musicians performing at the community center include Trouble in Paradise along with the Old Fiddlers and Friends, Cinnamon Twist, Celtic Flavor and the Ballam Family Bluegrass Gospel Band.
At the south end of Pine, DJ Craig will spin the greatest hits of all time and take requests.
Vendors will offer favorite strawberry treats... juicy strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry ice cream floats and sundaes, strawberry sparkle and old pioneer recipe strawberry oatmeal bars.
At the community center ramada, a chili cook-off will offer up award-winning and delicious entries to sample and judge.
The Knights of Columbus will provide a delicious pancake breakfast and all the fixings.
Strawberry will have live music and vendors too, plus a giant Swap Meet.
For the convenience of visitors, a van will shuttle between the hardware store, the community center, the town of Strawberry and back again.
The Pine Strawberry Business Community puts together the annual Strawberry Festival to raise funds to help those less privileged in the community and donates proceeds to local non-profit groups such as the P/S Food Bank and others.
Lots of businesses will participate, including Pine Country Antiques, Herb Stop, Myra’s Art Gallery, Pine Deli, Visions Speaking Rock Shop, Fossil Creek Creamery, Strawberry Market, Tymeless Antiques, The Honey Stand. Other stops might include: That Brewery, Flying Grizzly and Windmill Corner, Eagle Mountain, Pine Creek Fudge, Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques and the Gingerbread House.
In conjunction with the Strawberry Festival, there will be a historical reenactment at Strawberry Schoolhouse, the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona, on Fossil Creek Road from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 15.
Historical society volunteers Donna Barker and Neil Morrison will present the program. Barker will show what a typical day would have been like and Morrison will describe how the pioneers built the schoolhouse. They will dress in costume for this entertaining event.