Strawberry Festival brings the community together

Come out for some food, crafts and fun at the 33rd annual Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival. This year, the local festival will be taking place from June 30-July 2.

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival has activities of all sorts, with over 200 vendors, crafters, and food trucks overflowing the streets at the Festival Market. On top of this, there will be a hometown country barbeque, featuring three rising country acts, and of course, barbeque to go all around.

“We have so much to offer. It really depends on what people want, but we really do have something for everybody,” said Nancy Matheson, co-chair of this year’s festival. “So if you’re a foodie, or if you love markets and crafters, then you’ll definitely want to come back every year to see what’s new, or if your favourites are returning.”

Families can expect to be jumping from one place to another because the list of activities at this year’s festival is endless. From inflatables to birdhouse building, to cookie decorating, there will even be ponies for the little festivalgoers. Lastly, teens can look forward to live music acts and the carnival that will be taking place in the marquis over the duration of the festival.

Still want more? There will be plenty of shows, including the annual baby show and dog show. The Gladys Clarkson Strawberry Pie and Jam Contest is also back for its sixth year, having community members of all ages compete with their home-made recipes.

Since it’s Canada’s 150 this year, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival will be bringing something new to the festival.

“In celebration of Canada 150, we’re bringing the Made in Canada music party. We will have local bands and local musicians covering great Canadian music. That will be a nice celebration, a nice little kick-off to Canada 150,” said Matheson.

The first year of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival dates back to 1984. What started as a local festival has now transformed into the second largest event throughout York Region. Today, there are over 30,000 locals in attendance.

Matheson said, “The thing that I hear over and over again is the wonderful community spirit. It’s coming out over the weekend, it’s seeing friends that you may not have seen in a while, the regathering of people, really. It’s just such an awesome event where community, friends and family all come out and enjoy this great weekend.”

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