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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Strawberry shortcake is just one of several items that will be sold at Christmas In The Park's annual Strawberry Festival Friday.
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Residents with a special sweet tooth for strawberries have plenty to look forward to Friday.

Christmas In The Park will conduct its third Strawberry Festival on the Clay County Courthouse lawn, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

"Or until we run out," Christmas In The Park Board President Linda Ray said.

Ray told The Brazil Times the committee started the festival three years ago after seeing the success surrounding the strawberry festival in Terre Haute.

"We just thought we'd give it a try," Ray said. "It's worked out."

Last year, Ray said approximately 800-900 items were sold during the event.

"It's very well attended," she said.

Several Christmas In The Park members will take part in selling strawberry shortcakes at the event. Ray said the committee has baked their own shortcakes for the festival and B&B Foods, Terre Haute, provided the strawberries. In addition, she said Ritter's Frozen Custard will provide the ice cream and sugar-free items will be available.

"The Works," which includes strawberries, ice cream, whipped cream and shortcake, will cost $6, and is just one of the many items that will be available.

Hot dogs, Coney dogs and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Proceeds from Friday's festival will go to help fund a new Santa House for Forest Park.

Ray said the committee conducted a Fish Fry fundraiser earlier this year and the group is about "half-way" to its goal of $7,500 to purchase a new home for Santa Claus.

"We did real well (at the Fish Fry). That was a success," Ray said.

Ray said the current Santa House has been used for several years and is starting to deteriorate.

"We have some other money we could set aside for it," Ray said. "But the (old house) is kind of small. If we don't get enough (money through fundraisers) we will have to rebuild the old house."

Ray said other than the Haunted House fundraiser the committee oversees annually in October, they hope to have enough money raised for a new Santa house following Friday's festivities.

"We would like to purchase a new house in the month of July if we can," she said.

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