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Strawberry Festival plans are developing

Friday, February 17, 2012

Plans are taking shape for Monett's second annual Strawberry Festival, which will be held on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

Donna Hammond, who serves as the festival co-chairperson with Shaun Bennett, said the physical location of the festivities will shift during the two-day event. Activity will begin at 3 p.m. on the first day and run until 10 p.m. Broadway will be closed at Fifth Street to allow the festival to extend from the Fourth Street intersection east past Fifth Street.

The main stage for the festival will be set up under a tent from Weiser Tent just east of the Fifth Street intersection, allowing access to the UMB Bank parking lot from the east. Hammond said the tent will provide shelter from the sun for the audience and food vendors.

Performers on Friday will include Leon "The Common Man" Troyer and Mark Chapman. Bands are set to play from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The second day will be capped by performances by bluegrass favorite Brightwater Junction from 4 to 6 p.m. and Tequila, Lime, No Salt from 6 to 8 p.m.

On the second day of the festival, activities will extend from the stage west to Third Street. Hammond said inflatables from the Monett Area YMCA will be set up at the west end of the festival area. A motorcycle show will show off vehicles between Broadway and Front Street on Fifth Street.

Booths for craft vendors will be set up on Broadway. Hammond said the festival is only accepting quality, locally made craft items, not mass manufactured goods. Booth information and registration forms are available on the festival's website at www.monettstrawberryfestival.com.

On Saturday, the Petite Strawberry King and Queen contests will be held on the stage. UMB Bank has agreed to once again host the strawberry bake-off. Additional activities, such as a Zumbathon and a bike race, are still in the planning stages.

Hammond said the biggest need at this point is for volunteers to help with the many tasks involved. Monett Fire Department cadets have signed up to help break down the staging area at the festival's end. Many opportunities to help make the festival a success are available, she said.

For additional information, call Hammond at 489-6680 or Bennett at 772-7092. The next Strawberry Festival committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Denali Dreams, 316 E. Broadway in Monett.

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