Record-setting Strawberry Festival coming!

May 31

Summer’s official kick-off in Kokomo, the 2019 Strawberry Festival is set for Friday, June 7, in downtown Kokomo. And nothing says summer like Amish-made shortcake, ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream piled high in a bowl.

And enjoying that strawberry shortcake out in the sun while listening to live music is even better. And that’s what you’ll find at the 2019 Strawberry Festival.

Presented by the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association and sponsored by First Farmers Bank & Trust, the event will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Courthouse Square and will again this year partner with First Friday.

Tickets for strawberry shortcakes are just $5 while supplies last. And there will be plenty of supply. This year, organizers have ordered more than 4,000 pounds of strawberries, 390 gallons of ice cream, 575 cans of whipped cream to meet the festival’s growing demand.

Last year’s festival served nearly 7,000 strawberry shortcakes.

But don’t fill up on just strawberry dessert! You’ll want to leave some room for lunch. Stop in at the amazing downtown restaurants or grab a bite at the many food trucks. This year’s event includes a record number of food trucks, including Georgia’s Kitchen, The Apple Donut, Kokomo Coffee Co., Hawg Heaven, Kona Ice, Round Barn Creamery, Snack Shack and Sweet Shak. Check out The Coterie’s food and adult beverage tent, and also the offerings from Bailey Concessions and D&D Concessions.

Also setting records will be the amount of free family-friendly activities planned for this year’s festival, with activities encompassing the entire Courthouse Square. Back this year will be the Tiny Tots Motorcycle Adventure presented by ABATE of Howard County. Kids can enjoy the adventure of riding a motorcycle around a small course. Crossroads Community Church North will have a bouncy house and climbing wall, while Crown Haven Center will have a Petting Zoo. Starting at 6 p.m. will be Sound of Music’s 35th Anniversary Celebration & Concert.

Blue Circle will host “Hemp and Yoga: An Unfiltered Experience” starting at 6 p.m. The yoga/meditation session instructed by Lucy from Peace of Yoga will cost $15, with only 10 spots available. It also includes a hemp-made strawberry shortcake dessert.

At the corner of Main and Sycamore streets, there will be live music throughout the day and evening on the Rhum Academy Stage.

The line-up includes:
• 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Hailey Gillem, Page Brothers, Sami Soutar and James Lightsey, Gary and Jessica Rhum with Darnell Smith, Kassey King, Averie Stone, Langley Good, Sierra Mabrey, Claire Radel and Gary Rhum and Charlie Hinkle.
• 3:30 to 9 p.m.: Averie Stone, Anne Marie, Kathryn Helminiak, Emerson Rhum, Logan Brittain, Jadn Simpson, Page Brothers, Mitchell White, Sami Soutar and James Lightsey with Ione Wallsmith, Hudson Kalkstein and Levi and Emerson Rhum with Tim Edwards, Texture Mess and Gary Rhum.

Community Howard Regional Health with have its CareMobile parked on the square to serve as a feeding and changing station for parents and babies. They will also offer hands-on CPR training.

Maverick Security Solutions will have a phone-charging station near the Rhum Academy Stage.

You’ll also want to check out the nearly 50 vendors as well as vendors set up the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market.

You can get your $5 tickets in advance at any First Farmers Bank & Trust location, any Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Branch or at the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association located inside Inventrek Tech Park at 700 E. Firmin St.

Other event sponsors include Indiana Army National Guard, Moore’s Pie Shop, King’s Cleaning Solutions, Glover’s Ice Cream, Kokomo Meijer and a2z Promotions.


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