Strawberry Festival welcomes parade participants with ‘Out of this World’ theme

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 May 2024 at 9:19 am

Courtesy of Wolfpack Multisports: The T-shirt for the Strawberry Festival 5K and 8K includes a strawberry in a space suit.

ALBION – Organizers of the 36th annual Albion Strawberry Festival picked “Out of this World” for the theme of the two-day festival next month.

The festival committee thought the theme would build off all the hoopla for the solar eclipse on April 8. It wasn’t planned with lots of buildup like the eclipse, but the spectacle of the Northern Lights on the night of May 10-11 also had people looking to the skies.

Now, it’s up to the community and festival participants to rally around the theme. Becky Karls, the festival committee chairperson, wants to see many displays with a space theme for the parade at 10 a.m. on June 8. She said “Out of this World” lends itself to lots of creativity in the floats.

“I want to see more floats,” Karls said. “That would be my wish.”

Some of the events during the festival will feature the theme. Organizers of the 5K and 8K on June 8 unveiled the T-shirts for the race which show a strawberry in a space suit on a rocket. The dash plaques for the car show also have the festival theme.

The June 7-8 festival also will feature live music at four different locations, an arts and crafts show, many food vendors, and many other events.

Karls is leading the committee for the first time, after many years as a key volunteer.

“I love people and I love community events,” Karls said. “I think it’s great to have something in the community to bring people out.”

She said the committee has many dedicated volunteers who work well together.

The committee leaders include:

  • Mark Johnson – Business/Information/Raffle Vendors
  • Trevor Thaine – Craft/Artisan/Farm Market Vendors
  • Mike Bonnewell – Parade Participants
  • Rebecca Alexander – Food Booth Vendors
  • Jason Tarnowski – Family Fun Center
  • Bill Pileggi – Music/Bands
  • Mckenna Boyer – School Royalty/Artwork
  • Becky Karls – Turtle race and Car Cruise In

For more information on the festival, click here.