TROY — With two venues to the 2014 Strawberry Festival, festival officials are urging the public to leave the driving to the professionals.
The Troy Strawberry Festival will offer two sites for shuttle services.
The Strawberry Shuttle will provide free parking at WACO Historical Society Airfield, located on 1865 South County Road 25A and at Meijer, 1990 W. Main St., Troy. The Meijer shuttle location is handicap accessible.
The Strawberry Shuttles will begin running Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Troy City Schools provides its school buses for the shuttle service to and from the festival. The Troy Strawberry Festival funds the fuel for the festival service.
STRAWBERRY STROLL TO PROUTY PLAZA
With the festival site moved to downtown Troy, the Strawberry Festival Parade has been modified to a non-motorized promenade to Prouty Plaza.
Festival-goers are encourages to line-up along the city streets to cheer on Strawberry Festival officials and their friends as they stroll down Main Street to kick-off the festival in grand fashion.
The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The route will start at Plum Street, then east on Main Street to the fountain and end at Prouty Plaza for the opening ceremonies.
Parade participants are asked to gather at 8:45 a.m. at the Miami County Courthouse.
There is a different route this year, due to the expansion of the festival into the downtown area. Additional streets were not able to be closed for a large parade.
“While the parade is one of our most popular events, one thing that the public may not realize is that the parade is one of the largest expenses for the festival, since we no longer have Channel 7 as a media sponsor broadcasting the parade live,” Kathi Roetter, chairwoman of the Strawberry Festival, said.
Roetter explained that the committee often has to evaluate events for the Strawberry Festival.
“From time to time, we make a decision to remove events from the line up and evaluate them, this is what we are currently doing with the parade,” said Roetter.
For more information, visit www.gostrawberries.com
2014 Strawberry Festival Schedule
• Friday night — Levee/Hobart lot 6-9 p.m.
Food, crafts and Games 6 p.m. — next to Hobart parking lot
Welcome — 6 p.m. — Hobart parking lot
Children’s parade — 6:15 p.m. — Hobart parking lot
Big Wheel Race — 6:30 p.m. — sidewalk in front of Troy Memorial Stadium
Bed races — 7 p.m. — Hobart parking lot
Troy Alumni Football Game — 7:30 p.m. — Troy Memorial Stadium
• Saturday — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Softball tournament — 8 a.m. — Duke Park
Berry Special Olympics — 9 a.m. — Duke Park
Walking parade and opening ceremony — 9:30 a.m. — Downtown, Prouty Plaza
Fountain changes to “Strawberry” red — 9:45 a.m. — Downtown
Festival site opens: Arts and crafts, games, food — 10 a.m. — Downtown Troy and levee
Home.Grown.Talent. — 10 a.m. — Prouty Plaza stage
Children’s area — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — lower levee
Tennis Shootout — 11 a.m. — Troy Community Park or high school tennis courts
Strawberry Pie Eating Contest registration — 12:30 p.m. — lower levee
Strawberry Pie Eating Contest — 1:30 p.m. — lower levee
Puzzle of Light performance — 2 p.m. — levee at the Sound Sculpture
Strawberry Kid’s Crawl — 3:30 p.m. — lower levee
Entertainment: Red Hot Rhythm Review — 6 p.m. — Prouty Plaza stage
• Sunday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Berry Bike Tour — 7:30 a.m. — parking lot behind Troy High School
Classic Run 10K Run — 7:30 a.m. — Troy Memorial Stadium/Staunton Road
Shortcake Special Run (2, 000 meters) — 7:35 .m. — Troy Memorial Stadium/Staunton Road
Car show — 7:30 a.m. — Troy Community Park
Booths open: Food, crafts and games — 10 a.m. — Downtown Troy and levee
Corn Toss — 11:00 a.m. — lower levee
Softball Tournament (co-ed) — Tentative, 11 a.m. — Duke Park
Diaper Derby — noon — lower levee
Super Kids — 1 p.m. — Troy Memorial Stadium
Car show awards — 4 p.m. — Troy Community Park