OWEGO — With summer right around the corner, this weekend will host a ‘berry’ special event — the 39th annual Strawberry Festival.
On Friday and Saturday, Owego will host its annual Strawberry Festival with live entertainment, food and drinks, superheroes, dinosaurs and plenty of strawberries.
Friday evening will offer a partially closed off downtown area for the Block Party with food, fun and a variety of live entertainment.
A number of bands will be playing on Friday around town. At the courthouse will be Making the Band (OFA), Wreckless Marci, All-Star Jam and Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. Lake Street will host The Possibilities, Iron Horse, Boodie du Jour and Front Street will host Fifth Gear Band, Smokin’ Crows and Tijuana Danger Dogs.
There will be a Wine and Beer tent at the Courthouse Square from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The proceeds from the tent will benefit the festival and Sisters as Leaders from Elmira.
The Owego Strawberry Beauty Pageant will be at the Courthouse Gazebo, registration is 3:30 p.m. and the pageant begins at 5 p.m.
The Kids Strawberry Shortcake One Mile Run begins at 5:30 p.m. and the Strawberry Shake 5K Run/Walk beings at 6:15 p.m. Both runs will start and end at the County Office Building.
Friday night’s festivities will end with fireworks at Draper Park at 10 p.m.
Saturday’s berry-tastic events will begin with the annual Strawberry Festival Parade at 10 a.m. The parade route starts at Main Street to Court, to Front Street and then to Paige Street and back to Main Street.
Saturday’s live entertainment will include a number of famous Southern Tier bands and musicians. The Courthouse will host Hot Dogs & Gin, Super Radical and Mike Davis & the Laughing Buddha Episodes.
Lake Street will host Beatles Band, Mud Hens and The Gents, and Front and Church Streets will have Surplus, Glenmary’s Ghost and The Kiil. North Avenue will host the Spelunkers, L’Ectric Brew and Kitchen Sink Band.
The Wine and Beer Tent at Courthouse Square will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dinosaurs, Spiderman and superheroes galore will be roaming around from 10 a.m. to 4 and 5 p.m.
Regarding parking and traffic, the roads in Owego will close on Friday, June 14 beginning at 4 p.m. to all traffic. Park Street will become a two-way street until 8 p.m., at which time it will be closed until the conclusion of the fireworks.
On Saturday, June 15, the downtown area is closed to traffic beginning at 6 a.m. and until the conclusion of the festival. Parking, shuttle bus service, and handicap shuttles will be available all day on Saturday at both Hickories Park and Marvin Park. The cost to ride the shuttle is $3 per car. There will not be a shuttle running on Friday, and during the festival’s Block Party.
If you would like more information, contact Wendy Post at (607) 972-7027 or Pat Hansen at (607) 687-2556. To learn more about the festival, visit www.owego.org or follow Historic Owego Marketplace on Facebook.