Kick off your shoes for a ‘Strawberry Jamboree’

Kick off your shoes for a ‘Strawberry Jamboree’Pictured, is “Blue”, the Dilophosaurus. Despite the sharp teeth, Blue does great with kids. She's got a huge appetite so she may well reach 20 feet by adulthood. She currently measures in at 13 feet long and 8 feet tall. She has attended countless events throughout Utah and the U.S. as a dinosaur entertainer. Come and meet Blue and her friend at this year’s Strawberry Festival. (Photo courtesy of Dinosaur Events)

Kick off your shoes for a ‘Strawberry Jamboree’The 38th Annual Strawberry Festival is throwing it down this year with a “Strawberry Jamboree,” planned for June 15 and 16 in downtown Owego, N.Y.

This year’s event is bringing the largest lineup of entertainment ever!

The “Strawberry Jamboree” combines all the elements of music, entertainment, art and food, and is presenting, for the first time ever, a prehistoric feature that will offer guests a step back in time. The county’s largest festival is welcoming two life-like dinosaurs and their handler to this quaint, riverfront community. Learn more about these special guests at www.dinosaurevents.com.

With over 20 bands on four different stages, a parade on Saturday, roaming dinosaurs, jugglers, magicians, musicians, and a fireworks display on Friday evening, the festival will combine all things that are fun and package them into a celebration, a “Strawberry Jamboree.”

This year the festival is also offering an aerial view of the arts, as a performer from Ithaca entertains from high above on both Friday and Saturday. To learn more visit http://robinlynchaerialist.webs.com. 

Of course, the annual parade will take place on Saturday, June 16, welcoming floats, artists, and even the dinosaurs on a float created by Jeffrey Rieg, from the upcoming Reiger Regatta – a river event is taking place on July 28 on the Susquehanna River.

Back at the Courthouse Square, the dinosaurs will return to their den where they will rest in-between roaming the streets and greeting guests. Look for the dinosaur flag!

The Strawberry Festival is also welcoming Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs Casino and Resort, as the Grand Marshal for the annual parade, scheduled to step off in downtown Owego at 10 a.m. on June 16.

Gural was selected not only for his generosity, but also for the impact his efforts have had on the community with the build and then the expansion of Tioga Downs Casino and Resort in Nichols, N.Y. Because of these efforts, hundreds of jobs were created, and donations and tax revenue have poured back into the community.

New this year, the Strawberry Festival is also welcoming a National act hailing from Tennessee. Stone Senate will perform at the Courthouse stage on June 15, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Currently on their “Run for the Sun” summer tour, Stone Senate touched down in Owego during last year’s fest weekend where they played at Bill’s Restaurant.  

This year, Stone Senate’s pre-fireworks show is set to explode with their self-described southern rock sound, and while compared to the likes of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, features their own energetic vibe.

You can learn more about Stone Senate by visiting www.stonesenate.com. 

Also at the festival you will find hundreds of strawberries. You can purchase them by the container, or find them in the Strawberry delicacies offered, such as strawberry shortcake, strawberry daiquiris, and much more. 

And don’t forget the 100s of vendors selling their wares in a festive style alongside the food vendors ready to feed the masses. And most importantly, the strawberries! 

With this year’s diverse blend of activities and music, to include country, rock, jazz, a bit of blues, a taste of Nashville, and several “Dead” inspired bands, it’s the perfect equation for a “Strawberry Jamboree.”

To view the full schedule of events online, visit www.owego.org. You can also “Follow” the Historic Owego Marketplace on Facebook for updates before and during the festival.

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