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Strawberry Festival is a big and tasty hit once again
Strawberries and more strawberries. Donna Hoyle of Chippewa reaches into a crate of juicy berries at the St. Andrews Strawberry Festival June 22. RICHARD WRIGHT
The one that didn't get away. Three-year-old Ainsley Jabs needed a little help from mom Jennifer as she tried to land the big in the Strawberry Festival's fishing pool. RICHARD WRIGHT
The Niagara Bethany Bell Choir rang in the day with an assortment of ringing tunes. RICHARD WRIGHT
The Niagara Bethany Bell Choir rang in the day with an assortment of ringing tunes. RICHARD WRIGHT
The Niagara Bethany Bell Choir rang in the day with an assortment of ringing tunes. RICHARD WRIGHT
The Niagara Bethany Bell Choir rang in the day with an assortment of tunes. RICHARD WRIGHT
Cousins Trinity Dodd and Mayla Van Noort get caught in the fun of one of the bouncy gyms at the Strawberry Festival June 22 at St. Andrews Church in NOTL. RICHARD WRIGHT
Peyton Teal-Hans and her mother Dee MacLauren sharing a cup of strawberry yogurt at the St. Andrew's Strawberry Festival June 22 in NOTL. RICHARD WRIGHT

Strawberries make people happy.

While that may or may not be clinically true, the Strawberry Festival at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake on June 22 definitely put smiles on the faces of many.

For eight-year-old Peyton Teal-Harris, this was a day she had been so eagerly anticipating that she could barely contain herself upon arriving.

“It is really cool. There is a bouncy castle, there’s strawberries, it’s outside and there are so many people,” exclaimed the youngster from St. Catharines as she gobbled down a cup of strawberry yogurt.

Her mom, Dee MacLaurin, said the festival was on the pair’s radar for over a month.

“Every summer we do a bucket list and this was definitely on her bucket list,” she said.

“She woke up today going, ‘today is the day. Let’s go.’ ”

“It is my favourite fruit,” interjected Peyton. “I eat them almost every day.”

The festival’s other features included a silent auction, musical performances, food right off the barbecue, art, trinket and preserve vendors. Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum’s tiny museum was also on-site.

“Everyone just has a big smile on their face,” said volunteer Julie Hunter, adding that the goal of the day is to bring people together and to celebrate community.

Many of the visitors, she added, have openly expressed how nice it is to bump into fellow residents or friends they haven’t since last year’s festival.

“So, for many people, it is the gathering place,” she said.

And this is just the beginning when it comes to the big three community-led fruit festivals in Niagara-on-the-Lake over the summer months.

The St. Mark’s Cherry Festival will be held July 6 and St. Vincent de Paul Parish will host its Peach Festival Aug. 11.

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