The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 10, 2013

'Best crowd in years' at Warrior Run Strawberry Festival

By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item

— TURBOTVILLE — About 1,500 visitors went through 320 quarts of strawberries used to make treats of all shapes and sizes at the 33rd Strawberry Festival.

“It’s been a great day. It’s the best crowd we’ve had in several years,” said Terrylynn Beaver, chair of the Strawberry Festival. The festival was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Historical Warrior Run Church.

“The whole concept is an old-fashioned Sunday afternoon at the park,” said Beaver.

While it cost nothing to attend, festival-goers were more than happy to buy several helpings of strawberry pies, cakes and ice cream, with all proceeds benefitting the church.

The festival buys its strawberries from local vendors as much as possible, depending on the success of their growing season.

“Pennsylvania berries are like Pennsylvania sweet corn, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Beaver. Their main supplier for the past several years has been Windy Hollow Farm of McEwensville. Its been a great year for the strawberry harvest so far, said Amos Martin, owner of Windy Hollow.

And the festival organizers have put his crop to good use.

The festival goes through a dozen strawberry-topped angel food cakes and 40 strawberry pies, said Beaver.

Ice cream is another popular item, with flavors including chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter and, of course, strawberry. In all, 110 gallons of ice cream were made by hand the day before the festival. Even with all that effort, ice cream supplies typically run out between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. most years, said Beaver.

Another popular item is their ham barbecue, made from a secret recipe. “A lot of people come just for that,” said Beaver. “We easily go through 100 pounds.”

The festival car show also attracted about 53 vehicles, ranging from a 1928 Chevrolet to a Mustang convertible made within the last five years.

The number of owners displaying this year is impressive, said car show organizer Al Reeves, considering its not the main attraction of the festival.

Beaver credits the festival’s continued success to all of the helpers she has pitching in ever year.

“We couldn’t do this if it wouldn’t be for about 100 volunteers,” said Beaver. “They’re everywhere.”