Strawberry Festival’s poster, royalty picked

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2024 at 8:37 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Erin Weese, a senior at Albion, holds the winning poster for the upcoming Albion Strawberry Festival. The 36th annual festival will be June 7-8 and features a theme, “Out of the this World.”

The festival committee picked the theme as a tie-in to all the hoopla around the solar eclipse on April 8. Weese created a poster with aliens and a spaceship. The poster will be displayed around the community to promote the two-day event which includes live music, arts and crafts vendors, food, a parade and other entertainment.

Brynn Dugan holds her poster that came in second.

Krystlin Platt created this poster that came in third place.

The Strawberry Festival also named the royalty for the event. Pictured from left includes royalty chairwoman McKenna Boyer; Allyson Bruski, princess; Anthony Napoli, prince; Lucy Rivers, queen; and Julia Button, queen.

They will be part of the parade on June 8 and serve as ambassadors for the event. See New York With Us (a travel website headed by Peter Bartula of Waterport) sponsored the royalty. The royalty needed a character reference from an Albion teacher, and needed to list some of their activities at school, ways they help their family and the community, and also tell about a person who inspires them.

Anthony is a seventh-grader who plays soccer and tries to helps his neighbors. He said soccer star Lionel Messi inspires him.

Allyson is a seventh-grader involved in soccer, basketball, swimming and softball, as well as FFA, the Yearbook Club and Multicultural Club. She enjoys helping her family, and said her older sister inspires her.

Julia, a sophomore, plays varsity soccer and track and field. She is in the Drama Cub, Select Choir and is helps her family with chores and jumps in for community events, including the Easter egg hunt, church basket auction and modified track meets. She picked her brother Hayden as her inspirational figure.

Lucy, a senior, plays varsity soccer and tennis, and also has been involved in the drama program, Student Council as president, high school band, Girl Scouts, The Class of 2024 vice president and Rotary Interact president. She works at Walgreens, and helps her family and at community events, including annual garbage pickups along the railroad tracks. She said her brother Reuben is an inspirational person with a kind heart.