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Sidelined by the pandemic, Rotary Strawberry Festival returns

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The fifth annual Rotary Strawberry Festival is back after a two-year hiatus, this Saturday in Harrisonburg. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

This year's Strawberry Festival is the first since 2019, yet another annual event sidelined by the pandemic. Four local Rotary Clubs come together to organize the event – Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Bridgewater, and Harrisonburg-Massanutten.

Rotary Strawberry Festival

JIM ELMORE: This year, funds raised will provide support to those in need of assistance with childcare costs in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County … We are working with the United Way to determine how best to use those funds.

Jim Elmore is a member of the Rotary Club of Rockingham County.

ELMORE: We're going to have strawberry shortcakes, strawberry sundaes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and strawberry lemonade for sale.

There will also be food trucks and live music by –

ELMORE: Keith Bryant, Little Walter and the Convictions, and the band Who Shot John … It's a combination of a little bit of country, little bit of rock and roll, and some dance music.

And they'll have a bounce house and rock climbing wall for the kids. The free event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, outside City Hall.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.