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In 1976 a local farmer came up with the idea for a festival that would promote the local strawberry crops. The local farmer then approached the local area community leaders with this idea and they absolutely loved it! Thanks to the assistance of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, local strawberry farmers and local church, Anthony's Cathloic Church, a local farmers idea was turned into reality and the Belleville National Strawberry Festival was born that very same year! The strawberry festival has raised funds for over 40 community service programs and organizations. The festival takes place over the course of 3 days, falling on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For these three days every year, the Belleville National Strawberry Festival completely transforms the city of Belleville into “Strawberry Fields Forever”, some patrons refer to it as strawberry wonderland. This festival offers so much, down to every delicious strawberry treat you could ever think of, to the free entertainment, attractions and numerous events that take place over the course of the festival. The events that take place over the course of three days appeal not only to the young, but to the young at heart. It is an attraction to people of all ages and it is the perfect place to be if you're looking to have a berry good time!
The Belleville National Strawberry festival has a few locations through out Belleville, the first taking place at the Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity is the largest and has the most to offer the festival through out the different locations. Trinity features a large indoor and outdoor craft fair complete with a plethora of delicious strawberry treats! Craft booths are located not only inside the parish hall but also outside on the lawns surrounded by beautiful environment of trees, flowers and of course green grass. While browsing through different craft vendors, patrons are drawn by the delicious smell of sloppy joes coming from the restaurant. In fact, one day is completely devoted to making 200 sloppy joes. Here at this restaurant patrons can feast on sloppy joes, strawberry shortcake, which is baked fresh each and every day. You can also feast on ice cream sundaes topped with fresh strawberries or choice of hot fudge, pieces of strawberry pie or made from scratch cheesecake pieces. There are also many other delectable entrees and desserts that you can enjoy! On Saturday and Sunday, patrons, while enjoying their meals, will be able to enjoy free entertainment. Other services that are offered at Trinity Episcopal Church are face painting, which is 100% free of charge. Patrons can also stop into the strawberry bakery which offers, homemade strawberry pies, cheesecakes, jam, muffins, tarts and strawberry bread. All of these delicious baked goods are prepared by Trinity volunteers. These volunteers prepare 200 pounds of sloppy joes, pie crust, rolling pies to make 350 strawberry pies, preparing cheesecakes and baking over 1,000 fresh and homemade strawberry shortcakes. Strawberry freezer jam, however, is made by a very talented group of women who have been making the freezer jam for years and years. Over 1,500 pounds of delicious, luscious red berries will be served over the three day course of the festival. Trinity Episcopal Church takes one half of their festival proceeds and contributes those proceeds to parish outreach projects. These projects include, Helping Hands food closet, Adopt-A-Child Size, Girlstown, Habitat for humanity and Cropwalk. Trinity Church has been involved in the Belleville Strawberry Festival for 30 years! Trinity is excited and looking forward to meeting the thousands of patrons who come by during the berry weekend!
St. Anthony's Catholic Church is another location of the Belleville Area Strawberry festival, St. Anthony's will offer bingo, raffles, food vendors, crafting vendors, beer tent complete with free entertainment! They will also offer a strawberry extravagamza desert in the pole barn, pony rides and a petting zoo! Anthonys will also offer parking! Belleville Presbyterian Church will be offering free parking! They will also have a Sunday church service at 10:00 AM, and every and any one are welcome to join! The church will also have guided tours of the chapel, which is one of the original seven Mary-Martha chapels that were built by Henry and Clara Ford to honor their mothers.
Downtown Belleville will have a free shuttle to all venues, to use this shuttle park at Belleville Presbyterian Church on Belleville Road and sit back, relax and enjoy your free trolley ride. Main Street will have food and commercial vendors, three stages, juried crafts, carnival rides and games, an area for children and unbelievable bargains from local retailers. There will also be a parade that takes place on the last day of the festival.
Belleville's National Strawberry Festival prides it's self in it's hard work and dedication to the festival and the community. The festival's broad audience and safe, family-oriented atmosphere gives the sponsors of the festival a very unique opportunity to reach such a strong family-oriented market. Which, in turn, results in measurable advertising benefits and business opportunities. The Strawberry festival is committed to working with the community and sponsors to ensure that community satisfaction is guaranteed. This festival is the perfect place for a family outing, or if you love strawberries and things that are made from strawberries! This festival is the place to be for a weekend of fun for everyone in your group! We promise that you will be completely satisfied and berry happy you chose to spend your weekend with us at The Belleville National Strawberry Festival!