Organizers of the 2021 Crawfordsville Strawberry Festival say the event will take place this year, but with some adjustments.
The festival is planned for June 11-13 on the grounds of Lane Place. It will again include food, fun and entertainment, while adjusting for the impact of COVID-19. Festival committee members are working with local public health officials to create more space for social distancing and methods to limit close contact to keep the festival as safe as possible for everyone.
Here are some of the changes for this year:
• No tickets will be used in the foods area. Each food vendor will accept cash and/or credit for their booth. This eliminates lines at the ticket tent and, in fact, eliminates the ticket tent also. This creates more space for people watching the entertainment to spread out to watch the shows. There will be a small tent close to the location of the old ticket tent for information and lost and found. The Children’s Area will still be on the ticket system and will have as small ticket booth in that area.
• Picnic tables will not be available in the foods area. They will be replaced with smaller, round cafe tables where small groups may gather to stand and eat. This eliminates a situation where non-family groups are sitting together at a large picnic table. There will be cleaning stations available throughout for people to disinfect their table before eating. There will be a picnic table area set up for handicapped and elderly to sit while eating.
• The restroom trailer will not be available this year as there were concerns about the inability to safely distance while inside. The City Building will be open and port-o-pots available.
• There will be numerous hand washing and sanitizing stations placed throughout the grounds.
• We encourage everyone to bring their own chairs to sit and enjoy the festival, the entertainment, and all as safely as possible.
“To make our guests feel safe, we will encourage the wearing of masks and to continue the practice of social distancing where possible,” said S. David Long, Festival chairman. “We are continuing to work with the Montgomery County Health Department to insure we are making every effort to insure the festival is as safe as possible for all in attendance.”