The 28th Annual Ovid Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair will be held this weekend at the Ovid Village Park, behind the Fire Station on Brown Street. Friday night, there will be a Block Dance with the A2Z Band providing music for dancing in the pavilion. Saturday’s schedule will kick off with a pancake breakfast starting at 7am. A complete list of activities is posted below.
The Strawberry Festival in Ovid started as an Ice Cream Social in the park, in 1985. It took place during the strawberry season, as this was the first harvest of the year by the Native Americans who lived on the shores of the Finger Lakes, before us. Through the 26 years, it has evolved into a huge community event. Many community groups work together to have this day be the biggest event of the year.
The school, churches, youth groups, Historical society, Friends of the Three Bears, Firemen, Ambulance Corps, Library, village businesses, 4-Town Youth Center, community theater group, Lion’s Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Ladies Aux. of the Sons of Union Veterans, and many more, come together to make this a big family day in Ovid! The event is FREE! Come, bring your lawn chairs, and spend the day!!
The “Chinese Auction” table will have gift certificates and other prizes donated by area businesses. Tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. The drawing will be at 3PM. The Food vendors consist of the Ovid Fire Department selling hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot sausage, with french fries and soda too.
Mark’s Pizzeria will have pizza by the slice. The Creamery will have home-made ice cream. The Ovid Federated Church will have Strawberry shortcake, sundaes, and “The Works!” After the parade the Ambulance Corps will have Barb-B-Q chicken made by Mr. Church.
7pm-10pm: Block Dance with the A2Z Band providing music for dancing in the pavilion. Come and bring your lawn chair, and enjoy the evening. The group Car Pride will also have some antique cars on display. Refreshments will be sold by the Ovid Fire Department, and ice cream from the Creamery.
7am-10am: Pancake Breakfast at the Ovid Federated Church
9am-1pm: Flea Market on the northern lawn of the Ovid Federated Church on Main Street
10am-3pm:Craft Fair with vendors in the new fire house, and in the Village Park (sponsored by The Friends of the Three Bears)
“Chinese Auction” in the new Fire House (donations from local businesses)
Farmer’s Market, Cake Wheel, information tables, lots of food, and STRAWBERRY DESSERTS!!!
Children’s games, Annual Wiffle Ball tournament
10am: Parade on Main Street from South Seneca School to the Fire house on Brown Street
11am: Chicken BBQ available
1:30pm: Strawberry Bake-Off in the pavilion
Entertainment in the pavilion: (times to be announced)
- South Seneca 5th Grade Swing choir, South Seneca Elementary Jazz Band
- South Seneca Middle School & High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- South Seneca Drumline, Twirlers, Dance team and Color Guard
- South Seneca Middle School & High School Jazz Band
- Harold Bush on his Harmonica and Boombos