Elk County Historical Society Strawberry Festival

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – June 18, 2018 – The annual Elk County Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival returns on June 22, 2018. This year’s event promises to be the biggest yet with live entertainment, raffles, kid’s activities and more.

The 2018 festival will take place at St. Leo Magnus Catholic Church, located in historic downtown Ridgway. In years past, the Strawberry Festival has taken place on Center Street near the Society’s Center House Museum. When asked why the venue had changed, acting Director Kay Kincead said, “Father Justin recently joined our board and generously offered his church. We jumped at the chance. Having it there allows us to create a bigger festival and saves valuable dollars that go to support the Society.”

The 2018 Strawberry Festival will feature a working fire engine that children can explore, a jazz ensemble made up of local talent, and performances by the Ridgway YMCA Cheer Xplosion featuring young athletes from around Elk County. A highlight of the festival will be an appearance by officer Nando of the St. Marys police department’s K-9 Unit. Nando is a certified working dog in narcotics detection and will be demonstrating his skills under the supervision of his handler Sergeant Mike Shaffer. Other activities include face painting and sand art, a basket raffle, 50/50 and, of course, strawberries.

Strawberry shortcake with ice cream will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m. until the strawberries run out. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be also be offered. Food tickets will be available for purchase at the door. More information can be found at www.elkcountyhistoricalsociety.org. The Society and its museums will be closed June 20 and 21 while the staff and volunteers prepare for the festival.

About the Elk County Historical Society

The Elk County Historical Society is a nonprofit membership organization funded through donations and grants and governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. The Society has is 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The Society is funded in part by generous grants from Elk County and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. The Society is a repository of artifacts that tell the rich story of Pennsylvania and pioneers and settlers who ventured into the vast wilds to help create America.