Straw Fest kicks off with food and music

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

The 28th annual Strawberry Festival has opened in Albion and vendors are selling food, crafts and lots of other items in the downtown and Courthouse Square.

Albion attorney Nathan Lyman is shown cooking hot dogs at the Rotary booth. Lyman helped start the first festival with his wife Gail.

Kentucky Fried Chicken in Albion is a debut vendor in the food court. Co-owners Sandy Chappius, left, and Madeline Hsiao want to support the festival and promote the KFC.

The festival for the first time includes a farm equipment display. Bentley Brothers brought down several tractors and big pieces of agriculture equipment on the north side of the canal between the two lift bridges.

The Albion Middle School Jazz Band performs in front of the Orleans County Courthouse. Students Riley Seielstad, left, and Hailey Bader sing “Hallelujah,” a tribute to Wayne Burlison, an Albion music teacher who died from cancer on March 26.

The festival continues until Saturday night.