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Annual Strawberry Festival is Saturday
Helen Bryan sports one of the aprons that organizers wear at the festival.
Since 1992, people all over the area have enjoyed the annual Strawberry Festival, sponsored by the ladies of the St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Hinesville.
This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Patricia Henry, a member of the Strawberry Festival Committee, said plans are under way to have another great festival.
"This fundraiser supports children who go to camp during the summer," she said. "It is one of our largest fundraisers of the year.
"The festival is a community event. We see people during the year and they ask about the festival. There are many games for the children and delicious strawberry delights for everyone."
Each year, the festival gets larger, with more activities and people attending.
"We plan to have some old cars from Jesup. We are also hoping the Episcopal Church in Jesup will join us for our activities," Henry said.
Members committee include Nerina Goforth, Gaby Chaffee, Erin Hardie, Tricia Smith and Henry. These hard working ladies ensure everything is organized for another successful festival. During the festival, committee members adorn themselves in T-shirts and strawberry aprons.
Some of the activities scheduled include face painting, a craft booth, story telling, a coffee and tea house with bake sale, and cake and pie contest.
"There will be a surprise for the winners," Henry said. "Maggie Ireland is the storyteller, and Toni Scott is in charge of the cake and pie contest."  
A variety of plants will be on sale. Fresh strawberries will be plentiful. Mouth-watering homemade ice cream, strawberry shortcake and other delights await your consumption. Lemonade, hot dogs, and sausages are also in store for the children.  
"In addition to being a fundraiser, the festival is a time of fellowship," Henry said.  
Father Will Carter and the members of St. Philip's Episcopal Church invite you to enjoy the various treats and activities at the festival. They ask you to bring your chairs so you can stay a while.  
The festival will be on the grounds of St. Philip's at 302 Gen.Stewart Way. For more information, call Henry at 876-2505 or the church at 876-2744.

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