Marion's First Ever Strawberry Festival

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Music, laughing, and conversation were buzzing through the town of Marion. All of this was part of Marion's first ever Strawberry Festival. From the name, you can guess what berries were there to feast upon, but that's not all the festival consisted of.

"We've got the Strawberry Festival going on. We've got a live band going on back here playing for entertainment. We've got booths, we've got vendors, we've got food. We've got plenty of cold drinks, got fans," says Tammy Taylor.

According to Tammy Taylor, Alderman for the town of Marion, the city used to be the second largest area in the southeast to grow strawberries. That was in the 1930's. The strawberry farmers are not there anymore, but this is at least a tribute to their history.

"So we don't actually have the fields anymore to come and pick the strawberries but that's what was known in Marion was the strawberries. We did have a few strawberries for sale. We sold all of them, but we do have strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake. Right now we're having the granny-pie eating contest. There are strawberries there," explains Taylor.

The festival kicked off with a fun run that was a mile long. The festival, however, was more than just a fun time. It was also an economic boost for the town of Marion. Taylor says all of the money raised from the festival will go right back to the town.

"For one thing, the money that we raise here will go back into the town. One of the main things we want to do is paint the fire house, get our logo on the fire house. We are wanting to eventually redo the four-way down on 45. Just promote and help beautify the town of Marion."

With close to 35 vendors at the festival, organizers are pleased with the outcome of the new venture. They do plan on bringing the festivities back next year.

"Next year we would love to have it earlier where it's not so hot and be able to have more strawberries," exclaims Taylor.

Because we all know, the more the merrier!

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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Jun 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    did you see the people who were organizing this? and you ask why it was a complete and total failure?
  • by Dave Location: Meridian on Jun 16, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    So... they did not have strawberries at the strawberry festival? Amazing...
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    We went early and only lasted about 20 minutes because of the sweltering heat. We had our 2-yr old with us, and he LOVED seeing Lightening McQueen and Tow-Mater!! Someone put a lot of work into that, and it was really fun to see!
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    what a complete and total waste of an hour and half of my life. the "first" festival should be it last.
  • by Jen Location: Meridian on Jun 12, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    I know this was the first year for this "festival", but it was quite boring and lame. I have been to many, many festivals and this was, by far, the most unimpressive. I really hope if they have one next year, they put much more time and effort into drawing vendors and getting more people to sell their arts/crafts.
  • by in meridian all my life Location: meridian on Jun 12, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    we were so disappointed in what we found at the strawberry festival-our main reason to go was to buy strawberries and from all the interviews on tv promoting the event,they were going to have strawberries to purchase-we didn't see one strawberry-we saw two strawberry plants on the "stage" but not a single strawberry-didn't see anyone handing out fans either-
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