Strawberry Festival brings community together
— Family fun, live music, beautiful weather – and, of course, strawberries – helped draw a crowd to Good Shepherd Catholic School’s Strawberry Festival on Saturday.
“It’s the perfect weather for a milkshake,” said Kristine Orem, a second-grade teacher with GSCS, who attended with her 2-yearold daughter, Adalynn.
Orem said she, and now Adalynn, look forward to the event each year. This year, they took in the day with a strawberry milkshake – Orem liked that it was made with fresh strawberries while Adalynn liked digging into the whip cream on top.
“Oh my gosh, it’s delicious,” Orem said of the cold treat.
Eleven-year-old Allena Crabbe, who had her own strawberry milkshake, agreed. “It’s honestly really good,” Crabbe said. While the festival offers many different food choices, some have a difficult time choosing between the strawberry milkshake and strawberry shortcake.
“That’s a tough one – strawberry shortcake or the strawberry milkshake?” wondered Sharon Hodges, principal of GSCS school. She said they are both delicious, making it a hard decision.
However, it’s all in the name of family fun and a good cause. Good Shepherd Parish members, GSCS students and community members attended the event. Profits from the fundraiser go toward the school and its operating costs, Hodges said.
“It’s very exciting,” Hodges said. “The children are able to run and play.”
She said the festival committee, made up of parents whose children attend the school, plan the event, and ask other parents to volunteer. Children also helped with setting up the stations and blowing up balloons before the event, she said.
On Saturday, volunteers were behind those delicious strawberry milkshakes.
“We’re a team,” said Gerri Traub, a teacher with Good Shepherd Catholic School herself. She and and Dara Montgomery, a parent volunteer, were making strawberry milkshakes on Saturday. “We got it down to a science.”
Jennifer Wehde brought her 7-year-old daughter, Emma Wehde, who enjoyed the face painting station. Emma chose a butterfly design. “I love butterflies,” she said. Father Jay McKee, pastor with the Good Shepherd Parish, said his favorite part of the festival is interacting with people.
“Being with the people, seeing the kids have fun,” said McKee.
Kristine Orem, a teacher at Good Shepherd Catholic School, and her daughter, Adalynn, 2, enjoy a strawberry milkshake.
Gerri Traub, a teacher with Good Shepherd Catholic School, and Dara Montgomery, a parent volunteer, make strawberry milkshakes during the school’s Strawberry Festival.
Joseph Cristo peddles to spin the drum for Carson Powers, who is dropping the paint into the drum, at the Spin Art station.