Strawberry Fest returns with lots of food and activities

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 June 2023 at 11:04 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Scott Mann of Mann Vs. Food checks his pork belly burnt ends. He is one of many food vendors in the food court along East Bank Street.

Albion is celebrating its 35th annual Strawberry Festival today and Saturday. There are two full days of music and activities in downtown Albion and at the Courthouse Square.

Click here to see the schedule.

One new event is a cornhole tournament at 6 p.m. on a closed off part of Main Street between Bank Street and Beaver Alley. That area will also have food and beer served by Dubby’s Tailgate, which is running the cornhole tournament.

Kris Kingle Kettle Korn has several flavors of kettle corn available, including a Christmas flavor with red cinnamon, blue raspberry and caramel. Pictured are “Bonnie Claus” and “Santa Vern.” They are from Boonville in Oneida County.

Warterman Park has a Christmas theme in preparation for Saturday’s unveiling of a new bronze statue that looks like Santa. The statue pays tribute to the late Charles W. Howard, who ran a Santa School in Albion from 1937 until his death in 1966. Howard is revered in the Santa community for setting standards for how Santa should look and act.

The unveiling of the statue will follow the parade on Saturday at approximately 11:30 a.m.