Strawberry Festival returns to Owego next month

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Three-day event combines music, food, and fun for the entire family

By Wendy Post

With spring underway and summer just around the corner, the organizers of the 42 Annual Owego Strawberry Festival are keeping an eye on those strawberries, and lining things up for a three-day event that runs from June 13 to June 15 at two locations.

For the June 13 event, a Strawberry Festival 5K Walk / Run will take place by the bandshell at Hickories Park in Owego, N.Y. Hosted by the Historic Owego Marketplace and Tioga State Bank, and with Medals from Tri-Town Insurance and Rotary volunteers, the event offers a timed 5K Walk / Run along with live music offered underneath the bandshell. The Rock and Run will run from 5-9. You can find the event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/783825529778036/ to learn more.

On Friday, June 14, the Block Party returns to downtown Owego. With things set up downtown, things kick off at 5 p.m. with live music, food, and entertainment for adults and children. Headliner Stone Senate will return from Nashville, Tenn. to the Courthouse Stage this year, along with other seasoned performers arriving to entertain on three stages throughout the evening. The fireworks display will illuminate the river at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. with Jim Raftis Sr. and Dick Franz, both longtime volunteers in Owego, serving as the parade’s Grand Marshal(s).

Following the parade, guests and entertainers will fill the streets for a day filled with music, children’s activities, vendors, roaming characters from Paw Patrol, an activity center hosted by the Owego Nazarene Church, and so much more.

You can find the 42nd Annual Strawberry Festival event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1606750133398208/ or visit www.owego.org for all things festival.