Festival lovers invited to line Main Street for non-motorized parade Saturday morning

Last updated: June 06. 2014 6:08PM - 706 Views
By Melanie Yingst

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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.


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

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