TROY — Breezy weather and a light sunset set the comfortable backdrop for Friday evening’s Hometown Celebration at Treasure Island in Troy for the kickoff to the Troy Strawberry Festival.
Festivities included live music, beginning with the Home Grown Talent Show finalists and then a concert with North 41.
Troy Strawberry Festival General Chairperson Bruce Adamson said, going into the 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival, he hoped that the non-profits will continue to do well this year and raise funds for their organizations.
“We have to have weather like we’re having right now — this beautiful weather — to do that,” Adamson said.
Adamson said that the Troy police and fire departments will be monitoring the weather, and festival volunteers will notify attendees of any weather events that may cause events to get cancelled over the PA system and by talking to attendees in the crowd.
Overall, when asked what he hoped people would take away from this year’s festival, Adamson said, “Troy’s a beautiful town. We like having visitors, and we care about our non-profits.”
Hot dogs and snow cones were also found at the Hometown Celebration, along with balloons and face-painting from Koinos Christian Fellowship, a local church on Grant Street in Troy. Emily Palmer of Piqua, a member of Koinos Christian Fellowship, was volunteering with the church at the Hometown Celebration, greeting people and handing out balloons to families. She said the event was great and she “had a lot of fun meeting new people (and) telling them about the Gospel.”
Sisters Ashley Akers and Amanda Gonzalez walked to the Hometown Celebration with Gonzalez’s kids.
“We’re kicking it off,” Akers said about diving into the weekend’s festivities.
Gonzalez said they were able to come this weekend after missing previous years, but they still enjoy the festival and have even won the strawberry pie eating contest in the past.
“I love that Troy does this,” Gonzalez said.
They said they enjoy how close the festival is and how it is located within walking distance of many homes, and they said that the variety of vendors was their favorite part of the festival.
“It’s just different stuff you don’t see all the time,” Gonzalez said.
The Troy Strawberry Festival will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and again on Sunday with the opening ceremony and a variety of vendors, live entertainment, and activities in the historic downtown Troy.
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