Owego is gearing up for its 36th annual Strawberry Festival in June and steering the effort is festival chairwoman, Sandra Knapp-Dunbar, who is the guest on the May 28 edition of the local weekly public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up.

Knapp-Dunbar, who has been involved with the festival since its start, talks a little about the background of the event that brings thousands of people to Tioga County the third weekend each June.

The festivities Start June 17 with the Friday Night Block Party, 5K run, 4 bands, food and fireworks.  The festival continues at 10 a.m. June 18 with a parade, craft fair, children's activities, 2 stunt bikes shows, food and more music and, of course, lots of strawberry shortcake.

The theme this year is "Peace" and everyone is being encouraged to wear peace signs and tie-dyed clothing.

Knapp-Dunbar adds the parking crunch has been solved with parking available Saturday at Hickories Park and the Tioga County Fairground with shuttle buses running to the downtown festival.

More information about the Owego Strawberry Festival can be found online at www.owegostrawberryfestival.com.

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Sunday on 99.1 The Whale.

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