Indian River seniors to hold strawberry festival

On Friday, May 28, starting at 9 a.m., the Indian River Senior Center will holding its 38th Annual Strawberry Festival and Yard Sale.

The director of the Indian River Senior Center, Diane Ditolvo, has been involved with the festival for the entire 20 years she’s been there and has seen it grow.

“It was first started because our seniors grew the berries and donated them, and it was a fundraiser with the center. We thought we would do it in conjunction with the yard sale to bring people in, and it’s what we’ve been doing for a very long time,” she explained.

Strawberries from Fifer Orchards will be on sale during the day’s event, along with ice cream and strawberry shortcake. Attendees may also eat lunch while they browse the sales, as hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase.

The majority of the items in the yard sale have been donated by the seniors. This year, community members have been invited to participate in the sale by renting tables outside for $20.

Entrance to the event is free; however, the berries, other foods and yard sale items will all be for sale.

The Indian River Senior Center is not holding the event to raise money for any specific cause, but any proceeds earned will go toward the center’s operating expenses.

Throughout the year, the senior center also works with various local organizations through volunteer work and donations.

“We do make donations to the local community. The Christian Store House is one of the charities. We help with events in the town. We work in cooperation with the Chamber. Local – keep it all local,” said Ditolvo.

In past years, the event was held at Millsboro Town Hall, but this year they have a new location, behind the Millsboro Wawa.

“We just outgrew the Millsboro Town Hall, but we didn’t want to move too far away, just up the road,” noted Ditolvo. “In the past few years, we’ve had probably 200 or 300 people attend.”

Ditolvo said she hopes that this year’s event will bring more people, especially with the new festival location. She said she’s happy it’s been a successful event for so many years.

“We’re very proud that we’ve been doing it for so long,” she said. “It’s just a great way to bring the community together and do something fun.”

For more information on the strawberry festival, call (302) 934-8839. The festival will take place at 214 Irons Avenue in Millsboro.