‘Berry’ smooth start to the festival

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TROY — The 2015 Troy Strawberry Festival got off to a smooth start on Saturday with long lines at many of the non-profit booths as busy volunteers tried to keep up with the strawberry demand.

Annett Bayer hustled to transfer strawberries from plastic containers into the quarts and buckets at the Newton Band Boosters booth downtown Saturday afternoon.

“We’ve been very busy,” she said. “All I know is that we can’t keep up!”

Ben Gustin, 13, was helping at the booth, filling strawberries in the quarts and buckets.

“It’s been fun doing a little bit of everything to help out,” Gustin said.

On the levee side, Parents of the Boy Scout Troop No. 544 were selling strawberry smoothies to help quench the thirst of many festival-goers during the mid-afternoon sunshine.

“We’ve been steady — steady is good,” said parent Janet Schwartz. “The money goes towards Boy Scout camps and other supplies.”

Troy Strawberry Festival director Corie Schweser said she was pleased to see all the lots at the shuttles and parking lots full of cars for the first day of the Strawberry Festival.

“It’s going smooth. Everything is going very well. It started out cool and finally the sun came out. The food vendors are doing well and are non-profits are doing well. It’s been a smooth start and we have great crowds,” Schweser said.

Schweser said she is looking forward to today’s car show which will be located on the N. Market Street bridge.

Schweser said Friday night’s activities went well with a few hundred people attending the Alumni football game at Troy Memorial stadium. Troy beat Piqua 32-13.

The 2015 Troy Strawberry Festival chairman Doug Stone said the start of the festival was going well despite the lingering threat of rain Saturday morning. Stone said many of the Friday night vendors sold out of food and had great sales during the Friday night activities. Saturday’s sunny skies and warm temperatures was perfect for festival fans to flock downtown and or grab a spot in the shade on the levee.

“We’ve had a lot people come out early and the crowds have been steady so it’s been a great start,” Stone said. “We’ve been busy. Busy is good.”

A few incidents of heat exhaustion were reported on Saturday. No major accidents or injuries were reported.

For photos of Saturday’s Strawberry Festival activities, see Page B4 or follow us on Instagram at TroyDailyNews.