Time is ripe for Wilkes-Barre Strawberry Festival

By Jerry Lynott - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — It’s June, strawberries are ripe for picking and the city is celebrating their arrival.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre is holding its inaugural Strawberry Festival.

Patty Hughes, special events coordinator for Wilkes-Barre, said approximately 30 vendors are lined up for the free, public event.

“Every vendor will have something strawberry,” Hughes said Monday. They’ll also have other produce and goods to sell.

Fresh strawberries will be available for sale and among the other offerings are chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry ice cream and strawberry soup. Even the music will have a strawberry connection — the classic rock band Strawberry Jam is booked for a noon to 1:30 p.m. performance.

The timing is right for the festivities. “Strawberry season has one month for the year. It’s June,” Hughes said.

And the full moon on June 28 is known as the Full Strawberry Moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. For the Algonquin tribes it signaled the start of the short season to gather wild strawberries, the almanac said.

In the present day, it coincides with the start of the Farmers Market on the Square. The market is held on Thursdays on Public Square and runs through Nov. 15.

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By Jerry Lynott

[email protected]

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.