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Strawberry Festival returns Friday

Shelby Senior Services’ annual Strawberry Festival is Friday in downtown Shelbyville.

By HANNAH GUNNELL - hgunnell@shelbynews.com

It takes 900 pounds of strawberries to support Shelby County seniors.

Shelby Senior Services, Inc. will host its 41st annual Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the downtown circle in Shelbyville and at the Major Health Partners Patio in Intelliplex Park Friday.

Volunteers will serve Strawberry Shortcake for $7. This includes strawberries, cake, ice cream and toppings.

“It takes over 200 volutneers to make this work,” said Buffy Powers, coordinator of volunteers and ancillary services. “And what a great way to show the support that Shelby County has for the seniors.”

Powers said the money will go toward operating costs, programming and different activities and events that are hosted at the Shelby Senior Services center.

Mayor Tom DeBaun will hand out hot dogs, chips and drinks on the circle as part of the annual Government Day free lumch, and musician Maurice Finkel will be playing the calliope throughout the event, Powers said.

Food supplies for this event were provided by Kroger and other local businesses, Powers said.

The cost of the food increased from $5 to $7 because the costs of hosting the event and running the senior center have increased.

“It’s just a great time for the community to come together to support us, of course, which we can’t thank the community enough for all of their support, as well as a good time to come out,” Powers said. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get together.”

Powers said anyone who wants to volunteer can call Powers at 317-398-0127.

Additionally, the advertisement that ran on the back page of the weekend edition of The Shelbyville News contains false information pertaining to the time of the Strawberry Festival.