16th annual Strawberry Festival set for Saturday in Slater

SLATER, S.C. — Set on the grounds of historic Slater Hall, the 16th Annual Strawberry Festival and Country Fair is scheduled for Sat., May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Designed to be a family-friendly event filled with food, fun and games, and entertainment, the festival — a springtime rite of passage of sorts — includes art and craft vendors, music, storytelling, strolling magicians, children's activities, face painting, storytelling, a karate presentation, and more.

In addition to the requisite strawberry shortcake and strawberry cobbler, a host of food vendors will offer everything from BBQ, shrimp and grits, smoked turkey legs, Italian sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones, homemade ice cream, shaved ice, chocolate-dipped cheesecake and funnel cakes (and more!).

The musical lineup includes the Main Street Band, Carolinians Senior Jazz Ensemble, Sweet Potato Pie, Slater Baptist Worship Team, Northwest Middle-TR High Jazz Band, and the Slater-Marietta Greenwave Chorus.

"Folks that come can expect a whole lot of good things, from a gorgeous drive on a beautiful day to all kinds of family fun," said Anne Blythe, one of the festival organizers. "There's something here for everyone — for kids of all ages!"

All proceeds from the Strawberry Festival benefit Foothills Family Resources, an Upstate non-profit organization that provides services in Cleveland, Marietta, Slater and Travelers Rest.

Strawberry Festival and Country Fair festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 5. Admission and parking are both free. Slater Hall is located at 5 Whitney St. in Slater.

To learn more, visit the Facebook event page here.

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