Miami County grade-schoolers in the "Super Kids Competition"
Troy Strawberry Festival
Farms, just outside of Troy in Miami County, is the largest single
producer of strawberries in Ohio and the Midwest, making Troy the
"Strawberry Capital of Ohio." Promoting the local crop, the Troy
Strawberry Festival, sponsored by the Troy Chamber of Commerce,
originated in 1977 as a family-oriented festival to provide fun and
wholesome entertainment and to serve as a means for local clubs and
organizations to raise funds for their community activities. Held
the first weekend of June, the festival has grown to be a major
celebration of early summer in southwest Ohio, now attracting
250,000 festival-goers to the small town of Troy, Ohio (pop.
20,000). The event owes its success to the joint efforts of the
City of Troy, the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers who
spend thousands of hours manning booths, building parade floats,
serving on committees, cooking food, stemming strawberries, and
guiding visitors. Festival highlights include a two-hour parade;
fine arts and crafts show; nature art exhibition; sporting,
children's, and river events (canoe, hovercraft and raft races,
waterski show); food and game booths; free outdoor entertainment;
bed races; a hot air balloon rally; and car show.
The project is documented by a written report;
photographs; a videotape; official brochures; the initial plan for
the festival; an assortment of items (programs, newspaper articles,
flyers, posters, bumper stickers) from nearly every year of the
festival; sample stationery, patches, jewelry, stickers, and
postcards; and a strawberry cookbook!
Originally submitted by: John A. Boehner, Representative (8th District).
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