June 3, 2023 was a day of strawberries with the Newark Kiwanis Strawberry Festival, their delicious strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberries, and a beautiful strawberry moon in the night’s sky to end the day. For only $10.00, we picked up a Newark Kiwanis Strawberry Festival tshirt; the strawberry character in the center of the tshirt design has an infectious grin that I couldn’t resist. The smiling strawberry is appropriate with the amount of smiling people of all ages upon anticipating the mouth watering strawberry shortcakes, ice cream (vanilla and strawberry- I went for a scoop of each), and whipped cream available at the Kiwanis Strawberry Shortcake trailer. Pints and flats of fresh strawberries were also available for purchase.
The Newark Kiwanis Strawberry Festival located east of the Newark courthouse in downtown Newark, Ohio is a delightful and tasty way to start off the summer! Many have been looking forward to it annually and can always expect it to be the weekend following Memorial Day weekend. We weren’t able to make it, but a free fireworks display shot off at 10:00 pm on Saturday night. To top it off, all of the Kiwanis Strawberry Festival proceeds benefit a youth camp, Camp O’Bannon, and other youth programs. We look forward to enjoying all of the strawberry festivities and supporting the kids again next year. Hopefully, we’ll remember to look for and get to see the strawberry moon and experience the shining of his pink light on us again next year.