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Welcome to the Somerset Strawberry Festival

8th Annual Somerset Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Marion Station, Maryland

dedicated to the memory of Gloria Whittington

Welcome to the 8th Annual Somerset Strawberry Festival.  This year's festival is dedicated to the memory of Gloria Whittington. The festival begins at 9am on Saturday, May 13th, 2017, right in the heart of Marion Station, Maryland.  Marion Station is a small town located north of Crisfield in Somerset County.  Bring your family to this year's Strawberry Festival for some fun, food, and history.  Follow us on facebook for updates and more information. 

 

"Strawberry Capital of the World"

Marion was the chief center of activity for all farming and general business activities for a large part of Somerset County. 

 For many years it was famous for being the largest shipper of strawberries in the entire world.  The auction block at Marion was located in the center of the town.  Buyers as far distant as Pittsburgh and Chicago congregated there to buy berries grown throughout Somerset County and parts of Worcester and Wicomico Counties.  During that period, Marion was so crowded with people that one had difficulty traveling from one end of the town to the other!!

Strawberry was the “King” which over a period of years poured millions of dollars through Marion into the hands of buyers and farmers.

For more information on Marion and the "Strawberry Capital of the World", please click here .

To see an up-close exhibit on the history of the Strawberry in Marion Station, please visit the Strawberry Festival where you can view photos and memorabilia in person.

about the festival

The Somerset Strawberry festival is sponsored by the Somerset County Arts Council; and has a little something for everyone.  We will feature Phil Rayfield Memorial Walk / Run, the Junior Miss Strawberry Pageant, the Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry Pageant, a Marion history exhibit, various singing performances from local schools and choirs, local school bands, dancers, a bounce house,  art vendors, homemade craft vendors, kids activities, delicious food vendors, and, of course STRAWBERRIES!