Strawberry Festival kicks off today


It was a long-time summer tradition in the Ohio Valley.

But 20 years ago, the Martins Ferry Strawberry Festival ended.

Now it’s back.

It begins Saturday (June 9) at 9:30 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.

After that, there’s an art show and food booths downtown–everything from the Cheese Melt to Ideal Provisions to Kettle Corn.

And of course  there’s their legendary strawberry shortcakes, along with day-long live entertainment.

“R.J. Gaudio leads off 12 o’clock to 2 o’clock,” said Chris Cleary, Martins Ferry service director. “We have Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries from 2 o’clock to 5 o’clock, we have Shannon Canterbury from 5 o’clock to 6, and we finish the night out with one of the best bands in the Ohio Valley, Hit Play from 7 to 10.”

“This is happening through Project Forward,” said Rev. Bill Webster, one of the founders of Project Forward. “We’re an economic development group that has come together to re-establish Martins Ferry. So part of what we’re doing is starting with festivals to bring people in, to let people know that Martins Ferry is alive and active.”

There’s a car show downtown.

And they have 400 pounds of strawberries–sliced and ready to be added to shortcake.

The student art show is inside Ohio Valley Lending.

It’s all Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., at 4th and Walnut streets in downtown Martins Ferry.

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