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Strawberry Fest at Good Shepherd Saturday

February 27, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

If you don't want to deal with the traffic and two-hour drive to the big Strawberry Festival in Plant City, you may want to go to a smaller one a little closer to home. After all, the strawberries come from the same place.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, at 2951 Trail Dairy Circle, will hold its annual Strawberry Festival this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring plenty of vendors, entertainment, food, and strawberries.

Theresa Bolton, event organizer, said the church has done this event for years as a way to bring the community together.

"There will be a lot of things to see and do, great food, and we don't do it to make a profit, we do it for the community and to bring people together," Bolton said.

There will be burgers and dogs, as well as pulled pork. For the kids, there will be a bounce house and games to enjoy.

Among the entertainment will be the Lee County Pipe and Drum at 10 a.m., which will lead off the outdoor festivities. A doo-wop band called TNT will follow, with The Entertainers, which does music from the '40s and '50s, rounding things out.

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Inside the church will be a craft bazaar and bake sale, which starts at 9 a.m., with more than 40 vendors selling all sorts of artsy items.

But the big star is always the strawberries.

The church gets the strawberries fresh from the field on Friday morning, cuts them up, and gets them ready for the strawberry shortcake on Saturday.

Every year the church gets a donation of strawberries from Sizemore Farms in Plant City.

The event will end promptly at 2 p.m., as the church needs to get ready for its traditional Saturday worship at 4:45 p.m.

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