Small town pride on display

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The two-day Strawberry Festival, now in its 28th year, is a wholesome celebration of small town life.

The event continues to draw big crowds, especially for the 10 a.m. parade on Saturday. (A 1960 Chevy Impala is decked out in American flags for the parade in the top photo.)

This year the Festival Committee picked an agriculture theme for the event: “Flourish! Our Farms – Our Future.”

The festival strives to put on a series of family-friendly entertainment, with lots of food and music.

Here are a few highlights. We’ll have more later today on the parade.

Jessica and Matt Panek lead the float for Panek’s Picking Patch.

Daddy Cool and Krista Hartwig sing “Mustang Sally” with the Pratt Pack.

The Mark Time Marchers are ahead of the Albion Fire Department in the parade along Main Street.

Debbie Boyer, chairwoman of the Amazing Turtle Race, presents Jarred Saj with a surprise award during the parade. Saj sold the most tickets, nearly 300, for the Turtle Race.