TROY — The Troy Strawberry Festival turned soggy around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to deter the most die-hard festival fans.
Umbrellas popped open and folks braved the steady showers to wait in lines for festival food Saturday afternoon.
“We knew there was a chance for rain, but we decided to chance it anyway,”said Annette Thornton of Huber Heights. “We just wanted to get out of the house, grab some lunch and spend the rest of the evening at home. We came for the chocolate strawberries and we may walk over and get some doughnuts.”
The Troy Music Band Boosters’ famous strawberry doughnuts had a line out to Market Street.
Bob and Lisa Mellon, along with friends Mark and Diana Scott, stood in line for the doughnuts, which was their last stop before heading back home to Dayton.
“It’s our last stop before the rain. We came early this year,” Diana Scott shared, who said the festival kicks off summer for the Daytonians each year. They also attend the Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival in the fall.
“We try to come every year,” Lisa Mellon said. “We had bourbon chicken, chocolate covered strawberries and now the doughnuts. I’d eat more if they’d let me!”
The couple each scored an American flag wall hanging at a craft booth.
“It was the deal of the day — two for $20!” Diana said.
Sales were steady for the Newton Band Boosters as folks stopped by for their buckets or quarts of the fresh strawberries.
“We’ve had a steady stream of people come in line. There’s typically a line out here, but the rain kind of slowed things down,” said Newton’s band director Matt Gaal. “We’re doing pretty well. It started out kind of slow because of the rain, but once it cleared out it was going well.”
Gaal said proceeds from the fresh strawberry sales helps pay for the school’s band trips, instruments, music and other events throughout the school year.
Gaal said the group sold 200 buckets and 300 quarts of the berries by early afternoon Saturday.
Nathan Walters, 2016 Troy Strawberry Festival chairman, said the crowds were steady despite the ominous clouds all morning.
“The morning went fantastic, we had some sun peeking through,” Walters said.
Walters helped kick-off the morning’s opening ceremonies with his group, the Miami-Shelby Melody Men.
“There were a lot of people this morning,” Walters said. “People will take a little break and they’ll be back out in force.”
Walters encouraged folks to come out to enjoy more festival food and events, such as the annual Diaper Derby at noon at the levee stage on Sunday.
According to Troy Police Department Captain Joe Long there have been no issues in the city from the festival.
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