Thousands of people come to Martins Ferry for… STRAWBERRIES!
The Strawberry Festival continues the tradition where dogs, children come dressed in strawberries and no one blinks.
MARTINS FERRY, OH (WTRF) – Strawberry charlotte, strawberry floats, strawberry cookies, kids dressed up as strawberries.
I think it goes without saying… The Strawberry Festival is back!
June is strawberry month and who doesn’t love strawberries?
Melissa Yeso, President of the Strawberry Festival
About 5,000 people are heading to the streets of Martins Ferry to celebrate the red fruit.
It’s the fourth year of the event, but a Strawberry Festival is unique to the Ohio Valley.
Community members started it, as a way to top off a beloved treat from a local (now famous) bakery.
The strawberry festival started as a medium, because they were looking for toppings. Nickles Bakery made the original shortcakes. This is how they created the strawberry festival.
Paul Stecker, President of Project Forward
They hope to raise between $ 5 and $ 10,000 today and all proceeds will go to Project forward, who is running the event.
The group is working to revitalize downtown Martins Ferry and has opened eight new businesses during the pandemic alone.
Everything about strawberries will be party until 10 p.m. on Saturday.