Unicoi County Strawberry Festival

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National Pick Strawberries Day is May 20. How will you celebrate?

The Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival will be celebrating the fruit that day, so mark your calendars.

“The [festival] is a celebration and presentation of the unique heritage, foods, crafts and culture of the southern Appalachian region,” according to the Town of Unicoi Facebook page. 

It will host a variety of activities including a baking contest, activities for children, and musical entertainment. Food will also be sold by vendors throughout the day. Locally-made crafts and art will be available for purchase.

Children may also participate in the 2nd Annual Miss or Mr. Strawberry Festival pageant at 10 a.m. All participants will receive an award. Each age division will award a “queen” and princess” award. However, spectators may vote during the pageant for their favorite participant by donating one dollar for each “vote.” The child with the most votes will get the “People’s Choice Award” and a trophy.

Any child wishing to participate must register by May 11 at noon. There is a fee that varies according to the category the child is in. Contact Little Miss Southern Sparkle Director Valerie at director@southernsparklepageant.com with any questions regarding the pageant.

The festival will be held on the Unicoi Elementary School campus at 404 Massachusetts Avenue, Unicoi County, Tennessee, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  It is organized by the Town of Unicoi.

Black history program and taste of the community

February is Black History month, and Carver Recreation Center is celebrating.

On Feb. 23 from 4-5 p.m., the Carver Recreation Center will host a black history presentation and a “taste of the community” to raise money for children at the parks and recreation center to go to Washington D.C.

The “taste of the community” will feature foods from the Johnson City community. Food will be provided by parents of children going on the D.C. trip. This is a great way to try locally made dishes while helping others. A “tasting ticket” is required to partake in the food.

The black history presentation will honor Johnson City community members. The center is presenting awards to people who have made donations to the recreation center and made a difference in the area. Herb Greenlee, event organizer, said people will receive plaques for their efforts, service and accomplishments.

The program is free, and the tasting requires a $10 ticket. The ticket will go toward the Washington D.C. trip.

The event will be held at the Carver Recreation Center, 322 West Watauga Ave.,
Johnson City.

For more information, contact Greenlee by calling 423-461-8830 or email at hgreenlee@johnsoncitytn.org.

You can also check out the event on Facebook.