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The Festival Star

Rotary Stand

Puppet Vendor

Boy with Yummy Treat

Buying Flowers

Buying Strawberries

Buying More Strawberries

Music on Front Street

Bagpipers in Parade

Festival Slurpers

Street Traffic

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 20, for Strawberry Festival 2009!  This will be our 29th year of the Strawberry Festival an event filled with entertainment, food, artisans, parade, strawberry shortcakes and everything else strawberries!  The Festival grows each year and manages to keep its small town country flavor boasting approximately 20,000 visitors each year.  It's an outdoor event held rain or shine in downtown Owego, New York. 

The Festival on Saturday runs from 9 am - 4 pm.



Details of the 2009 Strawberry Festival have not yet been determined.  Check back for updated information soon.

Here's what we did in 2008: 

“Strawberries and Stripes Forever!”  was the theme of the 28th Annual Strawberry Festival.  Tons of entertainment will follow the parade at strategic points throughout the festival section of town.  Some of them include:  a Trackless Train ride for the children, a Rock Climbing Wall for the adventurous and a host of musical entertainers.  "Pooches on Parade" will once again support local animal shelters.

Plenty of great food and a fantastic array of arts and crafts.  Over 150 vendors and artisans will line the streets.  Visit the shops in downtown Owego.  Our selection of fine restaurants and unique shops are filled with distinctive merchandise and is sometimes referred to as “the best kept secret in the Southern Tier!”

Since the debut of the Owego Strawberry Festival 27 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have been drawn to downtown Owego to experience the charm of this annual festival.  We urge everyone to come early and be ready for a full day of fun and excitement!

Additional events surrounding the Festival: 

Thursday - Strawberries & Wine Gala - 5:30-8:30 pm at the Owego Elks' Lodge, Front & Church Streets, Owego.  Silent Auction, Wine Tastings, Food, and a Good Time! Music TBD.  $20 per person or $35 a couple.  For more information please contact: Karla Brode 607-687-5154 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Karlyn Hepworth 607-687-8945 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Friday Night Block Party - 5:30-10:30 pm.  Lake Street and part of Front Street will be blocked from traffic so everyone's invited to celebrate the Kick-Off Night of Strawberry Festival weekend.  Stores and restaurants will be open, strawberries will be for sale, enjoy some shortcake, good food, dance to the music and have some fun.  Bring your lawn chairs!

Here's the schedule:

Lake Street and part of Front Street will be blocked off from cars during this time.   Food, entertainment, and fun!  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy!


"Making the Band-MTB" - 13 piece OFA Student pop rock band - 6-8 pm


"Poochie Dog Show Contest Judging - 6:30 registration, 7:00 judging

Strawberry Festival T-Shirts for Sale


Nate the Great - Jugglers - 7-9 pm

Tigger and Pooh - all evening

Cookie the Clown, face painting, balloons - all evening

"Dooneen Band" - Irish Folk Music at Tioga Trails Cafe - 7:00-10 pm


"Acoustic Brews" - Blues Music at Jail House Restaurant - 6:30-9:30 pm


"Remedy" - a 5 piece rock 'n roll oldies band on stage in front of the Giddybird Store. - 8:00-10:15 pm

Rock Climbing Wall

4th Annual Pig Roast - The Cellar Restaurant - All evening or till gone

"Daphne Braden" on Guitar - The John Barleycorn Tavern - 6-9 pm

Royal Automotive Group Car Displays 


Art Walk - 13 Art Gallery sites to explore, shops and restaurants open - 5-9 pm


Strawberry Fireworks!!!! - 10:15 p.m.



Saturday, June 21

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Front, Lake, Court, Church, Main, and part of North Avenue will be blocked during this time. 

FESTIVAL PARADE 10:00-11:00 am  Route starts at Main Street to Court to Front to Paige and back to Main. 

Corner of Front & Church Street

“Second Class Citizens” 12:00-1:00

“Dirt Farm” 1:30-2:30

“Four Eye” 3:00-4:00

North Avenue

“String Band”    12:00-1:00

“Blue Sky Mission Club”   1:30-2:30

“Spelunkers”  3:00-4:00

Lake Street-HSBC Parking Lot

“Blue Velvet”  


Corner of Church and Main Streets    

“Make It & Take It”-Kids Craft Booth   All  Day

Ross Park Zoo Mobile  12 noon-3:00 pm

Elks Emporium-Church Street

Antique & Craft Fair              All Day

Main Street

Rock Climbing Wall               All Day

Court Street

Miniature Train Ride            All Day

Courthouse Square

Poppyland Puppet Band               12:30, 2:00, 3:30 pm

The Black Mountain Cloggers         11:00-12, 1:30-2 pm

Front Street-Court Street Bridge

Duck Derby-Sponsored by TCCA                        4:00 pm

Draper Park-”Viva La Earth” Exhibits-Displays & talks to teach us how to save our Earth.       All Day

At the Tioga County Historical Museum (Front Street)

Civil War Encampment, Demos, Games, Drawings, & More     10-4 pm

Strawberry Tea & Delectable Desserts             1 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 7:30-1:00 p.m.

Bassett Youth Foundation "Good Guy" Breakfast, Owego Elks Lodge, Front & Church Sts.

Sundaes at the Farm (Free Ice Cream Sundaes) at Moore Farms, Moore Hill Road, Nichols, featuring organic, grass-based dairy, and baby calves.      1-4 pm.  Directions:  Rt. 17, Exit 63. Turn toward Lounsbury Truck Stop. Take 1st right on Berry Road. At stop sign, turn left onto Hunt Creek Rd. Go up hill to 4 corners and make a right onto Moore Hill Road. The farm is about one mile on the left. Look for signs.   


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