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A berry fun run before the eating of the sweets in South Berwick

Feeling guilty about gorging on all that delicious strawberry shortcake and cheesecake at South Berwick's annual Strawberry Festival June 28? Bring along your running shoes and take part in the Reddy Family Chiropractic Strawberry Run, a 5-mile Road Race or 2.5-mile Fun Walk, to get some exercise before all those calories start piling up.

The 8 a.m. race officially kicks off the day's activities for the festival, which takes places at Central School in the downtown area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is marking its 32nd year.

For the first time, the Strawberry Festival is making an effort to go green - shortcakes and cheesecakes will be served with biodegradable bowls, plates and spoons.

As is tradition, old-fashioned trolleys will provide free transportation service, ferrying visitors to Central School from parking locations at the Marshwood Great Works School on Route 236, the Community Center on Norton Street, and Powder House Hill and the ball fields located on Agamenticus Road.

In addition to the staple strawberry desserts, there will be a pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church.

Throughout the day, there will be a food court set up featuring items sold by local nonprofit groups. The Fire Department will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and cold drinks; the Community Pantry will serve frozen lemonade; the Knights of Columbus will serve fried dough; the Masons will serve barbecued chicken. Other assorted groups will sell sandwich wraps, teriyaki, nachos, fruit cups, cotton candy and water.

Profits from the festival will go toward the Festival Committee, which hands out grants to the local community, as well as scholarships for Marshwood High School students. Throughout the past 32 years, the committee has provided more than $150,000 in grants and scholarships.

About 110 local artisans will be on hand to display and sell handmade wares, including clothing, pottery, wood products, jewelry, paintings, photographs, candles, jams and dips, furniture and more. The crafters will be located at the side of Central School and in the area around the food court.

A variety of Seacoast entertainers will be performing. At the Central School field stage, professional "silly person" Todd Wellington, the a cappella group Women of Note and the Funky Divas of Gospel will perform. The food court stage will feature performances by Northern Exposure Cloggers, Marcus Gale and Chronic Jazz Syndrome. And in the field area, a "Wildlife Encounters" exhibit will be set up for children, featuring a climbing wall, pony rides, a giant tiger slide, dunking booths and an exotic animals' exhibition.

On the Friday before the festival, there will be a roast beef supper at the First Parish Federated Church from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Source: Foster's Daily Democrat

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