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Somerset Strawberry Festival

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Dedication

This year our festival is being dedicated in memory of Ronnie Brooks, husband of Carol Brooks, President of the Arts Council Board and Fred Peak, husband of Joanna Peak, Immediate Past President of the Arts Council Board.  Both Ronnie and Fred were familiar faces around the festival grounds always lending a hand where needed.  Ronnie passed away in April 2016 and Fred passed away in November 2017.

Food vendors

All food vendor spots for 2018 are taken.  You may call the office at 410-968-2787 to be placed on a waiting list in case someone cancels.

Little Miss, Little Mr and Junior Miss Strawberry Pageants

May 9, 2018 is the date for the Little Miss, Little Mr and Junior Miss Strawberry Pageants to be held in the Crisfield High School Auditorium.  Tickets being sold at the door.  $5 per person - children under 12 free.  Please visit the Pageant page to fill out an application for your child.

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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!  

 

past festivals

"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.

 

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