TROY — Attendance and financial numbers for the 2017 Troy Strawberry Festival — both up from previous years — have been released.
Schweser said for the 2017 festival, held June 3-4, fundraising activities generated more than $392,900 for the 67 participating organizations. In 2015, which was a comparable year for the festival with weather, the 2017 event raised nearly $20,000 more in revenue for the nonprofit organizations that participated.
According to Corie Schweser, festival business manager, the mission of the Troy Strawberry Festival has always been to support the fundraising activities of the not-for-profit organizations in Miami County. This is the primary fundraising activity for many organizations and this year the event, she said.
The estimated 178,000 people in attendance also was slightly higher in 2017, she said.
Schweser said she believes the larger location of the 2017 Strawberry Festival is a big factor in the improved revenue and attendance.
“The larger location of the 2017 Strawberry Festival allowed us to support all the not-for-profits who have participated in the past and allow for participation of additional not-for-profit organizations,” Schweser said in a release. “The important advantage of the larger footprint is that it provides easier accessibility to those in wheelchairs and people with strollers to navigate so they may enjoy our beautiful downtown area during their visit.”
Schweser said on behalf of the festival board, organizers and volunteers, “we are thrilled to see the mission of the festival supported and continue to grow so that the participating not-for-profits receive valuable resources that support their own mission and purposes.”
The 2018 festival will be held the weekend of June 2-3, and Eric Roetter will serve as the general chairman.
“We look forward to seeing the plans evolve as we gear up for another successful strawberry festival,” Schweser said.
She said there are some changes in store for the coming year’s festival — some that she can speak of at this time.
“We are currently in the beginning planning stages, but there will be easier handicapped accessibility and parking,” she said. “The festival will have family zones with picnic tables scattered more around the festival site, more places to sit and eat other than by the stages as in the past and the festival will have family restrooms with changing tables.”
The 2018 kick-off event will be Nov. 14, at which time the theme and logo will be released, Schweser said.
For more information about the festival, contact Schweser at 339-7714 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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