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Strawberry fest at Good Shepherd on Saturday

March 1, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

It's that time of year again when the strawberries in Plant City are being picked and shipped all over the country.

For the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, that means it's time for the eighth-annual Strawberry Festival and Arts & Crafts Show, which will be held Saturday, both inside and outside the building.

The Strawberry Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the arts and crafts, with the more than 30 vendors, will start an hour earlier.

More than 1,000 people have attended this event in the past, which pastor Tom Willetts created as way to bring the community together.

"It was just an outreach to the community to bring in people surrounding the church over to the church for a day of food and fun," Kay Twa, church spokesperson said. "It has grown every year."

Fresh strawberries will be served on top of biscuits or angel food cake, and other favorites such as chicken marinara sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks will also be available.

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Also outside will be a bounce house for the kids as well as games such as horseshoes and corn hole. The Shell Factory will also have live animals brought in from the Nature Center.

There will also be live music, with the Pipe and Drums kicking off the festival at 10 a.m. Brylcream, The Entertainers and the jazz band from Island Coast High School will also perform.

While that is happening, there will be a men's and women's powerpuff tricycle race.

"With everything that goes on during the day, it turns out to be a friendly, joyous occasion," said Kay Twa, church spokesperson. "We have a great group of volunteers who work to make this activity work."

Inside the church, vendors will be selling florals, ceramics, knitted and crochet items, cards and much more. There will also be a bake sale where homemade cookies and other sweet stuff will be sold.

Twa said there is no reason for people who live in the area to not come. There will be something for everyone, she said.

"People should come and have a good time and enjoy the music and the strawberries and interact with each other," Twa said.



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