Planning for the second annual Strawberry Festival in Monett is scheduled to begin during the first week of February.
The first organizational meeting for the 2012 event will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 at Denali Dreams, according to Shaun Bennett, who co-chairs the festival planning committee with Donna Hammond.
"Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the festival, who has ideas and who wants to help is invited to attend," said Bennett.
Last year, the Strawberry Festival was a big success, attracting a large number of area residents to downtown Monett for two days of activities, contests, entertainment and food.
This year's festival will be held June 1 and June 2. The event celebrates Monett's role as a primary shipping point for the strawberry crop grown in the area from the 1890s through the 1950s.
For more information about Monett's Strawberry Festival or about the upcoming meeting, contact Bennett at 417-772-7092. Denali Dreams, where the meeting will be held, is located at 316 E. Broadway.