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Catonsville Presbyterian Church 15th Annual Strawberry Festival
Held on church premises - Frederick Road & Beechwood Avenue
Saturday, June 5, 2010
10am – 2pm


About the Strawberry Festival
Ticket Information
Berry-Enthusiastic Volunteers Needed
Would You Like to Exhibit Your Craft at the Festival?
White Elephant Donations
The Strawberry Festival Loves the Color Green
Special Thanks to Edible Arrangements


About the Strawberry Festival
In an effort to reach out to the community, to serve others in joy and love, Catonsville Presbyterian Church (CPC) hosts an annual strawberry festival on the corner of Frederick Road and Beechwood Avenue. Since its inception 15 years ago, the festival has grown in size and popularity. Guests have a wide array of exhibits and activities to entertain them. In the Kid Zone children can look forward to face painting, arts n’ crafts, the Moonbounce, and the Child Care Center playground. In the concession area, visitors can temper the heat with a cold soda or strawberry smoothie and they can satisfy their hunger with strawberry shortcake and chocolate-dipped strawberries. In the vendor corridor, participants can sing to the classic tunes of the “5 Oaks” band and purchase crafts and products from local vendors. There’s something for everyone!

Each year the Strawberry Festival Committee donates a percentage of festival proceeds to mission and community programs. In 2009, the committee made contributions benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Backpacks for Success, Boy Scouts, Cold Weather Shelter, CPC Vacation Bible School, and CPC Child Care Center Scholarship Fund.

Ticket Information – An Affordable Event for Visitors
The CPC Strawberry Festival offers an assortment of food and kid activities at affordable prices. For example, for as little as $5 you can purchase lunch to include a mouth-watering hotdog, bag of chips, bottle of water, and strawberry smoothie for dessert. With the exception of the Presbyterian Women Baked Goods Table and White Elephant Table, all food and activities are purchased through an easy-to-use ticket system. One ticket costs $.50. Look for the Ticket Booth located to the right (east side) of the Frederick Door entrance. Prices of food and entertainment are posted on signs by the Ticket Booth so visitors can estimate how many tickets to buy. Visitors may also purchase a Family Fun Pass for $10, which can be used for 5 activities in the Kid Zone.

Berry-Enthusiastic Volunteers Needed
You don’t have to love strawberries to get involved in the CPC Strawberry Festival, but a berry-enthusiastic attitude is a must! On the day of the festival volunteers are needed to staff the food tables, Kid Zone exhibits, and ticket booths in 1-2 hour time slots. We also need people to bake shortcake and slice strawberries prior to the big event. Look for sign up sheets in Fellowship Hall in May. Volunteer job descriptions can be found here.

Would You Like to Exhibit Your Craft at the Festival?
The CPC Strawberry Festival gives local craftsmen and small business owners a unique opportunity to showcase their products to the community. Since the festival has a long-established history in Catonsville, vendors benefit from the high attendance garnered by the event. For only $30, exhibitors are provided display space measuring 10ft. x 10ft. The Vendor Mall area holds approximately 20 vendors, so slots sell out quickly. If you are interested in exhibiting your craft or product, please complete and mail the Vendor Registration Form to Sandy McDermott.

White Elephant Donations - Small Contributions Make a Big Difference
As you are spring cleaning and collecting unwanted jewelry, needlework, and miscellaneous household items, consider donating them for resell at the White Elephant Table. Similar to a yard sale, visitors come to the festival searching for good deals at the White Elephant Table. All the money earned at the table helps offset the costs of hosting the festival. Any remaining items are delivered to a charitable organization.

The Strawberry Festival Loves the Color Green
When you visit the 15th Annual CPC Strawberry Festival, look for the numerous recycling bins to dispose empty soda cans and bottles of water. Thanks to Bill & Nancy Henderson who order recycling containers from the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, the festival is an eco-friendly event. We encourage everyone who attends the festival to use the receptacles.

Special Thanks to Edible Arrangements
Given the large quantities of food that are ordered, prepared, and sold at the festival, the Strawberry Festival Committee needs a considerable amount of refrigerator space to keep the food maintained at proper temperatures. To that end, the SF Committee partners with Edible Arrangements in Catonsville to assist with cold food storage. We are especially grateful to Edible Arrangements for lending their commercial refrigerators as storage for our fresh, juicy strawberries.

      

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