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Strawberry Festival is Saturday
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A vendor at a past festival gets crafts ready. - photo by Photo provided.
It’s the perfect time of year to be outdoors. The weather is nice and Liberty County and the surrounding area offer plenty of activities for residents looking to take advantage of the season.
One such event, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s annual Strawberry Festival, is Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
St. Philip’s parishioner Jeanette Jordan, who relocated to Hinesville from Massachusetts four years ago,  is the committee chairperson.
“Erin Hardie and Noella McIntosh are also on the committee,” Jordan said. “This is my fourth year as a member of the church, and I am really excited. The people are very hospitable and caring. I love being a parishioner. Everybody is helpful and friendly.
“The festival is a lot of fun and has been very successful the last few years,” she said.
A lot of planning goes into the festival, which St. Philip’s has sponsored for about 10 years. The event will be held on the grounds of the church, 302 Gen. Stewart Way.   
The festival began as a fundraiser for the church to support its doll ministry. The doll ministry is part of the outreach ministry. Whenever a child is taken to the hospital, an autographed doll from the church is given to the child.
However, the project has ballooned and the festival now supports other ministries as well.  
“We help fund scholarships for children for camp and also other outreach projects,” said Father Will Carter, who serves as pastor of the church.  
St. Philip’s is involved in community outreach and strives to assist people in need. A portion of the proceeds from the festival also funds the food ministry and assists several other organizations that meet at the church.  
A full day of activities is planned for the festival.
“We will have jams and jellies from the Blue Rooster country store of Ludowici and wickless candles from Scentse Candle Products.  People attending the festival will be able to enjoy baked sale items, hotdogs, bratwurst, drinks, coffee and other goodies,” Jordan said. “There will be plenty of games and prizes available for the children. Rae Nakles of the Blue Rooster will do face painting. We will have a white elephant table, southern grown plants, and strawberries to sell.”    
Committee members expect participation from the community in making the Strawberry Festival a success.  
“More and more people are hearing about the event and attending,” Jordan said.  
Carter said the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church family is grateful for the community’s support of the festival and he encourages people to come out and enjoy the scheduled activities.  
For more information, call Jordan at 368-2866 or the church at 876-2744.
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