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!