GROVE CITY – This weekend marks the 29th annual Grove City Strawberry Days festival, which features three days of food, music, children’s activities and more.

“We try to do as much as possible for free,” said Mary Kay Mattocks, event chair.

The Grove City borough council member has been helping organize the festival for over 20 years, and she always looks forward to providing a free, family-friendly event at Grove City Memorial Park.

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The setup is toward the front of the park’s main entrance on state Route 58 in the borough.

Committee members are hoping for good weather, and the forecast looks OK so far, Mattocks said.

In 2018, it rained on the last day of the festival, creating a lot of mud in the food tent. One year it rained all three days, and another year there was a microburst that swept through the park.

“It took out three tents of vendors,” she said.

This year there will be more than 100 vendors selling items like jewelry, handcrafted creations, Tupperware, art, and furniture.

“There are always new vendors,” Mattocks said, noting that vendors can still sign up.

Live music, animals, chainsaw demonstrations, the kids’ Shortcake Patch, booths set up by local organizations and businesses, a dunking booth, and food round out the weekend.

“There’s something for everybody,” she said said.

One of the most popular vendors will be returning – Sarah’s Donuts – and the Grove City Midget Football Club will be selling fresh-picked strawberries.

The food tent is at capacity with 20 nonprofit groups selling a wide variety of meals and treats.

Kids can enjoy activities like balloon animals, a petting zoo, sand art, face-painting, a magician, Smokey the Bear, decorating Smiley cookies from Eat’n Park, and carictature drawings.

Festival visitors can park at the high school; traffic will not be allowed to come through the park.

Mattocks thanked the donors, committee members and volunteers who make the festival a success, including Diehl Automotive, the main donor.

The committee is already looking ahead to next year, when the event will be celebrating its 30th year.

“They’re just excited that it has continued,” she said of the original committee members.

They’ll be planning something special to mark the milestone, and Mattocks would be interested in talking to people who’d like to volunteer in 2020. 

For more information about the event, call Mary Kay Mattocks at 724-458-8660 or visit “Grove City Strawberry Days” on Facebook.

ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday, June 6

• 6 p.m. – The Jam Lizard Band will perform, and Boy Scouts from Troops 76 and 81 will be setting up an encampment by the pond for the duration of the festival. They will be demonstrating scouting skills, and their encampment will be open to the public during the festival.

Friday, June 7

• 1 to 3 p.m. – Major Morgan performs.

• 4 to 6 p.m. – The Jays Band performs.

• 4 p.m. – Willie 95.1 prize wheel.

• 6 p.m. – Mercer County Dairy Princess with free ice cream.

• 7 to 9 p.m. – Magic Moments performs.

Saturday, June 8

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – K-Love remote radio broadcast.

• 1 to 3 p.m. – Trevolta performs.

• 4 to 6 p.m. – Midnight Blue performs.

• 7 to 9 p.m. – Junction PA performs.

Sunday, June 9

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Meet North Washington Rodeo Queen Lake Fisher.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Humble Music performs.

• 2 to 4 p.m. – NCR performs.

FOOD TENT

These nonprofits will be set up in the food tent; most of them will be selling drinks:

• Branchton United Methodist Church – Pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, and cookies.

• Calvary Fellowship Chapel – Cotton candy, caramel and candy apples, and snow cones.

• Creative Learning Christian School – hamburgers, haluski, and kielbasa.

• Friends of Grove City Community Library – Strawberry cheesecake.

• Grace United Methodist Youth – Pizza.

• Grove City Area Pet Rescue – Hot dogs and corn dogs.

• Grove City Boy Scout Troop 76 – Walking tacos.

• Grove City Christian Academy – Funnel cakes, and fried candy bars and Oreos.

• Grove City Football Boosters – Shaved ice and popcorn.

• Grove City Knights of Columbus Council 3658 – Sausage sandwiches.

• Grove City Little Eagles – Jane’s stromboli.

• Grove City Masonic Lodge 603 – Meatball subs.

• Grove City Midget Football Club – Dippin’ Dots.

• Grove City Rainbow Girls – Pierogies with toppings.

• Grove City Rotary Club – Strawberry shortcake and strawberry ice cream.

• Grove City Track and Field – Candied almonds.

• GCHS Eagle Band Boosters – Fresh-cut French fries with cheese and chili sauces.

• Shenango Valley Ski Club – Lemon and strawberry shakes.

• Slippery Rock Baptist Homeschoolers – Steak hoagies.

• Transformation Church – Barbecue chicken on a stick and fried rice.

 

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

These events are planned for the Shortcake Patch:

Friday

• All day – Christine’s Sand Art, Caricatures by Brian, Friendly Face Painting, and Long’s alpaca petting area.

• Noon to 9 p.m. – Dunking booth at Keystone Shelter.

• 1 p.m. – Mark the Magician.

• 1 to 9 p.m. – Dragonfly Balloons.

• 3 and 5 p.m. – Mark the Magician.

Saturday

• All day – Christine’s Sand Art, Caricatures by Brian, Friendly Face Painting, and Long’s alpaca petting area.

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Dragonfly Balloons.

• Noon to 9 p.m. – Dunking booth at Keystone Shelter.

• Noon – Smokey the Bear; and Wild World of Animals Show.

• Noon to 4 p.m. – Eat ‘n Park Smiley Cruiser with Smiley Cookie. 

• 2 p.m. – Wild World of Animals Show.

• 7 to 9 p.m. – Dragonfly Balloons.

Sunday

• All day – Christine’s Sand Art, Caricatures by Brian, Friendly Face Painting, and Long’s alpaca petting area.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Dragonfly Balloons.

• Noon to 4 p.m. – Dunking booth at Keystone Shelter.