Lemont Strawberry Festival provides sweet entertainment

bmilazzo@centredaily.comJune 14, 2014 

— People were lined up from the Village Green to Mount Nittany Road on Saturday waiting to get fresh strawberries at the 33rd annual Lemont Strawberry Festival.

While some visitors skipped the line and headed to other activities, Randy Holtz said the line was worth the wait.

“You don’t go to the Strawberry Fest and not get berries,” Holtz said.

This year, 184 quarts of strawberries from Mark Kurtz’s Belleville farm and other baked goods were for sale Saturday night.

The festival was started by the Lemont Village Association as a way to raise money for the organization.

It hoped to raise a couple thousand dollars to go toward the Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds Renovation project, said Sue Smith, LVA chairwoman.

“Any money is a dollar more toward what we need to do,” Smith said.

The festival also included arts and crafts for children; speeder rides by the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society; pony rides through Amy Romaniec, of High Horse Pottery Farm; and live entertainment by Overhead and August Room.

Sarah Berns was spinning her niece, Josie Galen, around so much that the 2-year-old was stumbling when she finally planted her feet on the ground.

They were among a handful of others who hit the Village Green dance space when local acts took the stage.

“We live around the corner, so these events on the green are a nice way to get out and support the town,” Berns said.

Smith said that about 600 people were in attendance Saturday — a number that is about average for the event.

“We got lucky with the weather,” Smith said.

Smith called the weather throughout the day “fall-like,” but by 4 p.m. when the event started, the sun came out and threat of rain went away.

“We’re just happy people could come out,” she said.

Lemont Village Association hosts events throughout the year.

The next one comes 7:30 p.m. Friday for “ Concerts on the Village Green.”

Hops and Vines will be the musical act.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @ M11azzo.

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