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Strawberry Festival kicks off Thursday

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Strawberry Festival will get under way Thursday, albeit in a smaller fashion than usual.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions, this year’s WVSF will feature no parades, but many events are on tap from Thursday through Sunday.

Presiding over the festival will be Queen-elect Caylie Simmons of Franklin, and Teen Queen Madison Stellato, of Morgantown.

Charli Crandall is the Queen’s First Maid, while the Teen Queen’s First Maid is Jenna Biggs and Second Maid is Ava Warner.

The WVSF Junior Royalty Court will include:

Madison Burnside was named 2021 WV Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty Queen, while Reagan Sisk was named 1st Maid and Isabella Kelley was named 2nd Maid.

In the 4-5 Girls division, Avery Glaspell was named Princess. Brynn Smith was named 1st Maid, and Jayleeigh McCune was named 2nd Maid.

In the 4-5 Boys division, Foster Crews was named Prince . Keaton Hilliard was named 1st Page.

In the 6-7 Girls division, Ava Beth Hinkle was named Princess. Tegwin Louise McMillian was named 1st Maid and Harper Crews was named 2nd Maid.

In the 8-9 Girls division, Alexis Terranova was named Princess. Karly Hilliard was named 1st Maid, and Madison Cutright was named 2nd Maid.

In the 8-9 Boys division, Cooper Crews was named Prince.

In the 10-11 Girls division, Tatum Hulver was named Princess. Liliana Delaney was named 1st Maid and Taylor Lynch was named 2nd Maid.

The following is the schedule for the 2021 West Virginia Strawberry Festival:

Thursday, May 13:

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sugar Cookie, Strawberry Shortcake & Homemade Ice Crea.m. – Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Strawberry Craft Show – Moose Lodge

Noon – Opening Ceremonies & Lighting of the Festival Fla.m.e – Courthouse Plaza

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Strawberry Festival Open House at the Historical Society – Main Street

4 p.m. – 9 p.m. – 4 – H Leaders Association Steak Sandwich Wagon – Chancery Street

5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Food Court & Live Music – Jawbone Park

6 p.m. – Coronation – Way of Holiness Church

8 p.m. – Strawberry Concert by Buckhannon Upshur High School Choir – TBD

Friday, May 14:

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Strawberry Craft Show – Moose Lodge

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Photography Exhibit – Colonial Theater

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sugar Cookie, Strawberry Shortcake, Homemade Ice Crea.m. – Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – 4-H Leaders Association Steak Sandwich Wagon – Chancery Street

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Strawberry Sale – Cha.m.ber & Visitors Center, Main Street

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Food Court – Jawbone Park

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Live Music & Entertainment – Jawbone Park

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Strawberry Festival Open House at the Historical Society – Main Street

3 p.m. – Sweetest Berry Competition – Courthouse Plaza

4 p.m. – Strawberry Auction – Courthouse Plaza

4 p.m. – Strawberry Basket Competition – Courthouse Plaza

6 p.m. – Strawberry Blonde (Youth and Adults) & Best Legs (men) Contest – Jawbone

7 p.m. – Strawberry Idol – Courthouse Plaza

Saturday, May 15:

9 a.m. – Brassmasters Regional Cha.m.pionship Pistol Shoot – White Horse Center (Peeltree)

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Strawberry Craft Show – Moose Lodge

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Upshur Arts Alliance – Art Show – TB

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Photography Exhibit – Colonial Theater

10 p.m. – 9 p.m. – 4-H Leaders Association Steak Sandwich Wagon – Chancery Street

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sugar Cookie, Strawberry Shortcake, Homemade Ice Crea.m. – Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Strawberry Mile (Race at Noon) – Academy School – tentative

10 a.m. – ? – Strawberry Sale – Cha.m.ber & Visitors Center, Main Street

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Classic Car Cruise-In – Main Street

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Food Court & Vendors – Jawbone Park

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Music & Entertainment – Courthouse Plaza & Main Street

12 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Live Entertainment – Jawbone Park

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Strawberry Festival Open House at the Historical Society – Main Street

1 p.m. – Strawberry Idol – Courthouse Plaza

4 p.m. – Irish Road Bowling – Turkey Run Road

7 p.m. – Strawberry Idol Finals – Courthouse Plaza

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Party Gras – Live Music & Entertainment – Main Street

Sunday, May 16:

8 a.m. – Brassmasters Regional Cha.m.pionship Pistol Shoot – White Horse Center (Peeltree)

10 a.m. – Jack Barker Canoe Race (race at Noon) – Wood Street Park

Noon – Pet Show – Jawbone Park

1:30 p.m. – Irish Road Bowling – Turkey Run Road

2 p.m. – Gospel Sing – Way of Holiness Church

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