"In each of the first three years, we have ran out of strawberries before the end of the festival," Christmas In The Park Treasurer Kay Barnett told The Brazil Times. "We even had to go get more strawberries and ice cream in the middle of the event last year, and still ran out early."
Barnett added even more strawberries have been purchased for this year's festival, which takes place from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, June 4, on the Clay County Courthouse lawn.
"However, the popularity has grown so much, we hope to have enough to get us through so the festival can last until 7 p.m.," she said. "But, with the way things have gone the first three years, it is probably best to get there early."
Members of Christmas In The Park will again be making and selling shortcakes during the festival, while B&B Foods, Terre Haute, is providing the strawberries and Ritter's Frozen Custard will provide the ice cream and sugar-free items.
Patrons of the event will have a number of choices to make on what they want, highlighted by "The Works," which includes strawberries, ice cream, whipped cream and shortcake at a cost of $6.
"That is the most expensive item on the menu," Barnett said. "We will also have strawberry shortcake and ice cream with strawberries for $5, while the strawberries alone will be $4, which is the same price for just ice cream."
Coney dogs ($3), hot dogs ($2) and drinks ($1) will also be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival will go to complete landscaping at the Santa House, along with helping to fund other Christmas in the Park activities and projects.
"Many people don't realize it costs $10,000 for the Christmas in the Park Parade," Barnett said. "Lynn's Pharmacy, which sponsors the parade, donates $5,000, but we have other fundraisers during the year to help fund it, along with the lighting of Forest Park, which costs about $2,500."
Like in year's past, Barnett is hoping for a bright, sunny day for the Strawberry Festival.
"We've been lucky the last two years because rain came just after we ran out of strawberries and were closing things up," she said. "All we can do is hope and pray for good weather."