Troy strawberry festivals supports local organizations and farms

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami County celebrated the 38th annual Troy strawberry festival  with music, art and course lots of strawberries.

It’s one of the most popular summer events for the area and also one of the most profitable

As many as 100,000 locals are expected to attend during the weekend; Saturday was packed with people ready to support local farmers, vendors and not for profit organizations.

For nearly three decades, the strawberry festival has been a place for family and friends to celebrate everything the Miami County has to offer.

This year’s chair and committee has spent a year organizing and choosing the event’s theme, homegrown.

“This year happens to be Troy’s bi-centennial so I wanted something that reflected our homegrown values,” said Kathi Roetter, 2014 chairperson.

The theme also aligns with a new motto for the Miami County.

Since its creation, the event’s been the start of something great; the strawberry festival often official begins the summer season and for many not for profits it’s the time to earn the money they’ll need to keep their organizations running.

Not for profits pay a small fee of $60 to rent a booth and in return receive 85 percent of their profits from the 3-day event.

Local farmers and vendors also get the spotlight with the tons of strawberries they provide and sell for the festival.

Another perk is for small and new businesses like Basil’s On the market, an American bistro which uses local produce in its kitchen.

The restaurant’s grand opening happened just in time to feed the crowd.

“I love Troy. We’ve been well accepted. I mean, we’ve had rave review. We’ve been open for four days this is our fifth day,” said Executive Chef and Owner Todd Uhlir.

But restaurants and vendors aren’t the only ones getting support; local music is getting its own boost.

Headliner Red Hot Rhythm Review’s lead artist is a hometown girl, born and raised in Troy.

“It’s amazing on of the first gigs I ever did when I started singing was with Sing Out Troy and I was when I was 14 and I was at the Troy Strawberry Festival so it’s kind of full circle kind of thing,” said Tammy Walkup.

All in all, the event for many has now become a tradition and one that pays off big time, all with the help of a juicy, plump, tasty strawberry.

The event will end Sunday and feature key events such as the 10K run, car show and softball tournament.

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