What’s behind the Strawberry split?

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Like the sweet berries it famously celebrates, the Troy Strawberry Festival is doing some growing of its own this year.

Along with its traditional spot on the levee, the festival will also have activities in downtown this year.

The move has something to do with all the mustaches you still see throughout Troy.

“We hosted this tiny event called Gentleman of the Road last year and that worked out so well people kept asking why don’t you consider moving back downtown,” says festival Chairwoman Kathi Roetter.

The festival was held downtown in 2012 because of bridge construction near the levee, but last year’s festival returned to its normal spot.

We wanted to know if there are any issues with this year’s split sites.

“One of the concerns is people don’t think they can walk the whole distance so we do have shuttle service between both locations so we want people to be aware of that,” Roetter says.

The other problem is one the festival can’t control..the weather.

The festival’s proceeds go to area non-profits so the storms that kept some away last year hurt their bottom lines.

This year organizers are hoping for sunnier days. Already Mother Nature gave them a break in one area…the strawberry crop.

“It is great,” Roetter says.

If you’re interested in going the festival starts Friday night and runs through Sunday.

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