Strawberries have always been a big crop in the area, and tipping their hats to that agricultural history, the Indian River Senior Center will be hosting its annual Strawberry Festival next weekend.
The festival on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held at the center, rain or shine.
“We’re going to have craft vendors there at tables to sell their crafts,” said Barbara Harrison, who serves as chairperson of the event. “It’s a variety of crafters.”
Those who attend may want to go on an empty stomach, as a number of food items will be for sale.
“We’re going to have our kitchen sell breakfast sandwiches and lunch — hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries and beverages to drink,” said Harrison. “We’ll have a baked-goods table with homemade baked goods. People donate their cakes and cookies and things.
“We’ll have a strawberry table, where we’ll serve strawberries with pound cake, ice cream and Cool Whip. We’ll be selling strawberries also.”
There will also be a raffle, where attendees can purchase tickets to win big prizes.
“The first prize is $500, and the second prize is a three-day weekend off-season in Ocean City. Our third prize is a cooler filled with anything and everything for a picnic. And we also have a 50/50 we do.”
The monies raised from the food items and raffle will go to supporting the senior center, which provides numerous activities to the area’s senior population, including dancing, yoga, bowling, art classes and trips. The center also provides lunch on Wednesdays, along with entertainment, education programs and bingo.
Harrison said she hopes members of the community will attend the event and help support the center.
“It’s just a nice day to walk around, relax and have a strawberry shortcake. You can mingle, meet new people — that’s sort of what it’s all about,” she said. “It’s just a day out for people to join the community for a function. Come out, join us and have a fun day!”
The Indian River Senior Center is located at 214 Irons Avenue in Millsboro, Del. For more information, visit www.indianriverseniorcenter.com or call (302) 934-8839.
By Maria Counts