Since 1977 the Annual Strawberry Festival in Troy, Ohio has been attracting hungry visitors from all across the county. These visitors consume an average of 218,000 plus strawberry inspired dishes in three days, all in the name of charity.
Bountiful berry delights are not the only things visitors to Troy’s Strawberry Festival will enjoy.
There is live entertainment, a parade, unique competitions, distinct restaurants and more to keep one well satisfied.
What follows is a visitor’s guide to the Strawberry Festival that includes a tentative schedule as well as suggestions on transportation, dining and lodging options.
Strawberry Festival Schedule
The Strawberry Festival in Troy is scheduled to take place June 3rd through June 5th, 2011.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:00 pm on June 3rd followed by the annual reddening of the Prouty Plaza Fountain, a classic car cruise -in, a Big Wheel Race and a Bed Race.
On opening night the expected 300 plus food, arts and crafts vendors will maintain their booths on the square from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Those booths, as well as live entertainment on the Levee Stages, will continue throughout the entire Strawberry Festival.
Strawberry Festival events will resume on Saturday from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. Highlights of Saturday’s events include a Strawberry Festival Parade, Strawberry Pie Eating Contest, Strawberry Kid’s Crawl, Berry Special Olympics, Berry Beach Volleyball and the Little Mister and Miss Strawberry Competition.
On the last day of the Strawberry Festival visitors will want to be sure to enjoy the Strawberry Stampede, Berry Bike Tour, Shortcake Special Run, Strawberry Idol performances and the Back Seat Driver Contest.
A complete schedule of Strawberry Festival events may be found online.
Strawberry Festival Shuttle Service
The Strawberry Festival organizers have made it easy and inexpensive to get to and from the festival with a free shuttle service.
The Strawberry Festival shuttle service will be picking up and dropping off visitors at three different locations throughout the three day event; the Meijer Shopping Center, Waco Airfield Museum and the Sherwood Shopping Center.
Visitors traveling with wheelchair bound family members should be advised that of the three locations, only the Sherwood Shopping Center shuttle is expected to be handicapped accessible.
Strawberry Festival Dining
Despite the fact that there will be a smorgasbord of strawberry delights available at the Strawberry Festival, travelers may want to enjoy dinner at one of Troy’s more unusual restaurants; the Tin Roof on Miami.
It is not the décor that sets the Tin Roof on Miami apart from area’s other restaurants. Nor is it the incredible river view. It is the restaurant’s cooking methods that are truly one-of-a-kind.
The Tin Roof on Miami is purportedly the only restaurant grill in America to use shelled corn as cooking fuel.
Although the cooking method is a bit unusual, the menu contains classic pub food at an affordable price.
The Tin Roof on Miami is open year round, Tuesday through Saturday, for lunch and dinner. Hours vary by day. Lunch is generally served from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm and dinner service begins at 4:00 pm.
The Tin Roof on Miami tends to close at 10:00 pm on the weekends and at 8:00 pm during the week. Advance reservations are not required, but are recommended to avoid a wait.
Tin Roof on Miami
439 North Elm Street
Troy, OH 45373
Strawberry Festival Lodging
There are seven major lodging chains operating in Troy where weary travelers may seek respite after a long day spent at the Strawberry Festival.
The seven establishments are; Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, Super 8 Motel, Residence Inn by Marriott, Comfort Suites, America’s Best Inn and Suites, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, and the Econo Lodge.
With room rates starting at $45 per night, double occupancy, budget conscious travelers would do well to consider choosing the Econo Lodge.
In terms of price, the next least expensive lodging option is the America’s Best Inn and Suites. The room rates there range from $59 to $71 per night, double occupancy.
On the higher end of the spectrum, travelers who do not mind paying for more amenities may well want to consider the two Marriott properties, the Holiday Inn Express or the Comfort Suites. Collectively, standard rates at all four tend to hover in the $100 to $170 price range.
Additional information about each of the seven lodging facilities may be found online.
Additional Information on Troy
The Annual Strawberry Festival is not all that Troy has to offer travelers. There is an abundance of museums and other activities available as well for those that wish to stay more than just the weekend.
Those travelers that wish to learn more should contact either the Troy Chamber of Commerce or the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Troy Strawberry Festival, “Home” gostrawberries.com
Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau, “Home” VisitMiamiCounty.org
Tin Roof on the Miami, “Home” TinRoofOnTheMiami.com
On the Square, “Lodging in Troy, Ohio” OnTheSquare.com
Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, “Home” TroyOhioChamber.com