Third annual Strawberry Festival this weekend
The third annual Monett Strawberry Festival will be held Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 on Broadway in historic downtown Monett.
The events and activities will be held throughout both days with craft booths, food booths, live music, children's inflatable rides, evening concerts and much more.
During both days there will be local bands and musicians playing on the stage on the 200 block of Broadway. The events will be free. Leon Troyer will begin the event at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, Neva Welters will play her dulcimer at 3 p.m. and then at 5 p.m. on Friday the Roaring River Sound will play for a street dance.
On Saturday, Weekenders Band will perform at 1 p.m. Spur of the Moment will play at 3 p.m. and Angela Bennett will sing at 5 p.m. Mark Chapman will close out the event with his performance, which will be from 7 to 9 p.m.
A petite Strawberry king and queen will be crowned at the festival. Children from infants to five years old can enter and will be given extra points for dressing up in strawberry themed outfits. The event will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The pet parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Those wishing to enter a pet can meet behind the stage at 9 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a variety of prizes, with extra points awarded for strawberry themes.
A bake-off will be held on Saturday. The contest will be for the best strawberry preserves, jams, pies, cakes, cookies and any other strawberry related foods as well as best non-strawberry berry foods.
The Kodiak is a 20-scoop ice cream sundae from Denali Dreams. There will be a contest on Saturday to see who can eat it the fastest. The record is three minutes and 46 seconds. Those wishing to participate can sign-up at Denali Dreams at 316 E. Broadway.
The second annual Monett Kiwanis Club Duck Race will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at First and Broadway. Tickets are $5 and first prize is $500. Second prize is $250, third prize is $100 and fourth prize is $50. There is a maximum of 750 ducks for participation and you don't have to be present to win. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member or they can be purchased at the festival. Proceeds will benefit local children's programs.
From 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, there will be inflatable rides provided by the Monett Area YMCA. The rides are free for all children.
There will be demonstrations of several traditional arts and a variety of craft booths.
Food booths are one of the highlights of the festival. Some of the items that have been available in the past are barbecue, tacos, gorditas, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, homemade ice cream and shaved ice.
For more information on the event, call 417-772-7092 or visit www.monettstrawberryfestival.com.