The 27th Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival is April 12 and 13, 2014 and organizers are expecting record crowds. Friday, April 11, 170 vendors began setting up shop for what looks to be a beautiful weekend.
The normally peaceful walking trails at Loxley Municipal Park were abuzz with activity as vendors rolled in and began setting up. Some have been coming to the festival for years and others are first timers. Now in its 27th year, the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival has become a favorite stop for many of them.
“Because of the people…the traffic. It’s a good show. It’s very organized and the people are super nice,” said vendor, Dinah Walters from Tuscaloosa.
“This show’s really good. Last year we had rain. This year we’re not going to. A lot of good people come out and the people are friendly,” added another veteran vendor, Tim Kuhlman.
Jan Wilson was setting up for her first strawberry festival. She’d heard good things about it from other vendors and couldn’t wait to come over from Milton, Florida and be a part of it.
“I sell pot holders and towells for the kitchen, casserol carriers, aprens…kitchen stuff,” Wilson said.
This year there are 170 vendors selling everything from handmade furniture to spices and yard art. Organizers say there will be something for everyone, including the kids and those who bring their appetite with them.
“I think there are over 20 different food vendors…a lot of different types of food and we’re going to be selling fresh strawberries as well as strawberry shortcakes,” said festival chairman, Joey Shaw.
With so many choices of food and snacks, Martin Cupit has a secret weapon for drawing people in to buy his specialty nuts.
“The smell kind of draws them over and then we get you with a sample. Then I got you,” Martin said of his German Roasted Nuts.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Loxley Municipal Park. Admission is free to the public.