Elmwood Park was the setting last weekend as the Community School held their annual fundraiser, the Strawberry Festival. As in years past, the focus was on the strawberry shortcakes with ice cream, chocolate dipped strawberries, sundaes and more on the menu.
The school and their volunteers prepared more than 120,000 strawberries for the estimated 30,000 attendees, who gobbled up more than 12,000 shortcakes which, as always, sold out.
In addition to the strawberries, the festival also featured craft vendors selling everything from “dream-catchers” to jewelry. New this year were additional food vendors, offering chicken wings, BBQ, hot dogs and more. The park was also ringed with political booths, and youth events /and clubs including hockey, basketball, bean bag toss and more. The main stage featured concerts throughout the day on Saturday.
Organizers hoped to beat last year’s total of over $90,000 – money that ultimately goes to pay for tuition and salaries.
Story by Carla M. Bream
& Photos Valerie Garner