Delicious, Homegrown Fun Abounds at Strawberry Festival

June 27, 2014

by Marc Ayotte

If you had a hankering for listening to a woodwind quintet along with feasting on a mound of fresh-picked strawberries with a heaping dose of whipped cream, piled on a homemade waffle, well, the Strawberry Festival at the Litchfield Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 21, certainly fulfilled that need.

According to Litchfield Presbyterian Church member Christine Marsden, the strawberries for this year’s event, the sixth annual, were provided by Wilson Farms.  With a hope that many will enjoy the bountiful supply of strawberries, Marsden commented:  “We have about 125 pounds of strawberries and we make our own waffles.”

In addition to the enticing strawberry shortcakes available to get filled up on were grilled hot dogs, burgers and sausages; “the men’s fellowship bought the produce and manned the grill,” noted Marsden.  Additionally, there were tables set up displaying raffle baskets and baked goods, all donated by church members.

On the entertainment front, volunteers were dancing to tunes of the ‘50s and ‘60s prior to the appearance of the Eclectic Windwood Quintet, which played for an hour, with local musician Del Stevens scheduled to follow them with a two-hour performance.

Litchfield Boy Scout Troop 11 was also on the scene as several Scouts assisted Committee Chairperson, Joan Franklin, in recruiting children to have their faces painted in addition to partaking in several games such as the balloon stomp, shaving cream beard relay, and the “egg roll” with prizes going to all participants.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers,” explained Marsden.  “It helps the church and food pantry operations.  Any money we get helps the community.”  Marsden continued by saying that the church is more than willing to assist whoever needs it, and cited past support with funeral services, general food assistance and weddings, to name a few.

With the event held adjacent to the fire station, Marsden said the LFD “is here as a community outreach.”  Also on the scene for the festivities to assist with traffic control was LPD Officer George Divas.  Unfortunately, Officer Divas ended up with a slightly diminished role after the pony rides provider had to cancel at the last moment.  Nevertheless, a good time was had by all while the proceeds will certainly enable the LCC to continue their future benevolence toward town residents in need.

Check out the Hudson~Litchfield News Facebook page for more photos of this year’s Strawberry Festival.