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Mich. -- Lots
of fun and excitement are underway at the 2014 Belleville Strawberry
Festival, which is taking place this weekend. A large portion
of the festival will be held along Main Street again this year.
Many of the festival favorites are scheduled to return this year
including the parade, juried art booths and the Cinnamon Father's
Day Car Show. New additions include flyboarding at Horizon park,
a book signing with Justin Verlander's parents, earlier hours
in the downtown area and at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Trinity
Episcopal Church will be offering gluten-free strawberry shortcake
and pies once again.
was created in 1976 by a local farmer who wanted to promote strawberries.
Each year, an estimated 200,000 visitors attend this festival.
It also raises money for local community organizations.
Episcopal Church will also have a Bakery tent set up where you
can purchase strawberry pies and cheesecakes, strawberry bread
and muffins, and strawberry jam (including no-sugar added if you
are diabetic). And for those who are Celiac/gluten-sensitive,
we offer the bread and muffins as a gluten-free option. Check
out the variety of crafters set up in the church hall and on the
lawn to see what they have to sell. Always a good time to get
gifts for that special someone. Many of our crafters return each
year, so stop on by to see what they have.
Verlander's parents, Richard and Kathy Verlander, will be signing
copies of their book "Rocks Across the Pond." His parents
will also have Justin's All Star ring for people to see and try
on. The book is a a perspective on the joys and pitfalls of raising
a young, up-and-coming star athlete. Richard and Kathy will be
at the Strawberry Festival all weekend long for the signing, which
will be located at one of the tents on Main Street. For more information
about "Rocks Across the Pond," visit www.verlandercook.com.
Aqua Sports presents flyboarding at Horizon Park. Flyboarding
is a new extreme sport. Come watch the flyboarders take flight
in the air via a 60-foot hose, which feeds water onto the board.
Flyboarders can go as high as forty feet in the air.
will be offered once again at St. Anthony's Catholic Church:
Anthony's Catholic Church Entertainment Schedule
p.m. to Midnight
p.m. to 6 p.m.
p.m. to Midnight
Thomas & Kentucky Strait (Country)
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
690 AM Polka Radio Broadcast
p.m. to 8 p.m.
Alley Band (Rock)
is also offering a Raffle, Bingo, Food Vendors with Food for all
Tastes, Juried and Crafter Vendor Exhibits, Beer Tent with live
entertainment, Strawberry Extravaganza Dessert in Pole Barn with
Strawberry Desserts of all kinds, Climbing Wall, Inflatables,
Baked Goods, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo and Special Olympics Jail.
St. Anthony Boy Scouts will be doing parking. The church is located
at 409 W. Columbia Ave. in Belleville.
Strawberry Festival Parade returns to Main Street on Saturday
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. See more than 150 exciting entries of floats,
musical entertainment, motorcades, marching bands, clowns, and
acrobats that will keep you entertained for two hours. Non-stop
action as over 30,000 people gather to watch this annual breath-taking
and David C. Brown are this year's grand marshals. David C. Brown
moved to Belleville in 1974 and opened the David C. Brown Funeral
Home on April 5, 1982. He is a four-time director of the Belleville
Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of Washtenaw Spiritual and Bereavement
Committee, member of the board of trustees of the Oakwood Hospital
Beyer Center Foundation, Tri-County Sportsman’s Club, and
current president of the Charles B. Cozaad Rotary Foundation.
Martha Brown moved to Belleville the following year in 1975. She
opened the Brown Family Center in 1994 where extensive aftercare
services, pre-need counseling, monuments and markers, are offered
to serve local families in an “off-premises” setting.
A decade later, she started Marti's Gift Gallery next to the Family
Center and two blocks east of the funeral home.
Annual Cinnamon Father's Day Car Show returns to Victory Park
on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 30 awards will be passed
out to car owners. It will also include music from DJ Chett, door
prizes, trivia, and a boy and girl bike giveaway on Sunday. Held
rain or shine. T-shirts will be available for purchase (S-3XL)
for $15 each.
convenient free shuttle, by taking a ride on the Wyandotte Trolley.
The train runs a continuous loop around the festival starting
at the Meijer parking lot on Belleville Road. Shuttle hours: Saturday
1 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday Noon - 7 p.m.
is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Belleville Strawberry Festival.
We hope you'll join us for a GREAT time...
more information about the Belleville Strawberry Festival, visit
their official website at www.nationalstrawberryfest.com.
2012 Belleville Strawberry Festival was a huge success; PREVIEW:
37th Annual Belleville Strawberry Festival returns, June 14-16
Across the Pond" by Richard and Kathy Verlander (parents
of Justin Verlander). They will sign copies of the book during
all three days of the festival at their booth on Main Street.
can pick up a new license plate while at the festival.
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WCSX will broadcast live from the festival on Friday from 6 p.m.
to 11 p.m.
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Cinnamon Father's Day Car Show returns on Sunday from 9 a.m. to
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