Strawberry Festival shines on in Stacyville

15 years ago

ImageContributed photo/Deborah Rafford
JAMMIN’ AT THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL — Unsettled weather didn’t dampen spirits over the weekend in Stacyville as the annual Strawberry Jam Festival, sponsored by the Sherman Area Memorial VFW Post 2299 and its Ladies Auxiliary, went off without a hitch. Winning as the most decorative parade float were the luau-themed Post 2299 Junior Girls, clockwise from bottom left, Erin Lake, Rakayla Rogan, Brenna Noonan, Kasey Brackett, Chelsea Noonan, Courtney Stevens and Aaleyiah Poisson. Absent from photo is Victoria Heath.

By Deborah Rafford
Special to the Pioneer Times

    Neither rain or mud or “gimpimg along” could stop the spirits at the Stacyville Strawberry Festival this past weekend. The day started off on Friday with hot dogs and hamburgers from the Hot Dog Bus, and a Pig Roast Supper. After dishes were cleared out, room was made for the Junior Girls’ Luau Dance. Parents were sidelined to watch their sons and daughters shimmy and shake their hula skirts and leis on the dance floor.
    Saturday brought more rain, but the parade made it through, and the children’s games were played inside. But it didn’t dampen the spirits of those vying for items as Jimmy Pratt ‘barked’ for the Auction. Some lively bidding went on among the audience members, and winners went away with a lot of nice items. Tim the “Tune Man” Humphrey was on hand to play music to pep up the evening.
    With coloring contests and cake contests for the kids, and jam contests for the adults, there was something there for everyone. The day ended with a baked bean and ham supper, culminated with strawberry shortcakes.
    Sunday brought on a subdued day, but again spirits were lively on the back field as 22 players played 10 games of horseshoes. Teams were the pick of the draw to keep it fair. Lively music from area musicians kept the crowd entertained until the famous Chicken Barbecue Supper.
    Each night, a $250 winner was announced. On Sunday, there were two winners, with a total of $1,000 being given away. What a way to end a Festival, with smiles, full stomachs and a little extra cash in your pocket.
    Winners from the Parade Contest were: Most Decorative, VFW Post 2299 Jr. Girls (Luau); Most Original, Leo Picard (POW/MIA Car); and Best “Kid”, Thumper (The Goat).
    Cake Decorating Contest winners were: Haley Stubbs, first place; Andrew Cummings, second; and Logan Guiggey, third.
    Tops in the Strawberry Jam Contest were: Gail Pocock, first place; and Maxine Brackett, second.
    Coloring Contest winners, in order, included: Ages 6 and Under —Jalon Somers, Jailyn Burrell and Connor Pelletier. Ages 7-9 — Jasmine Cullins, Aaleyiah Poisson and Hannah Drew. Ages 10-12 — Courtney Stevens, Kendra Patterson and Dakota McNally.
    Horseshoe Contest champions, in order, were: Henry Suitter and Rick Tarr (co-champs), Alden Folsom, Harold Robinson, Joe Campbell and Bert McNally.
    $250 Winners were Jimmy Pratt, Katie Foster (twice) and Gary Moody. Sally Lane was the 50/50 Winner.