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June 5, 2014

Rosedale Strawberry Festival offers more than just berries

Contests are scattered throughout the weekend of Rosedale’s 17th annual Strawberry Festival, Friday through Sunday.

Providing some two dozen first-prize winners, and even more runners-up, widely varied and often overlapping competitions will provide sights, sounds and activities for all ages.

Queen and Junior Miss pageants

Emceed by Indiana Gospel Music Association award-winner Dane Bailey, Friday’s 6 p.m. Queen Scholarship Pageant final competition will follow the opening night ceremonies, setting the tone for the weekend’s events by awarding a $500 scholarship prize and other gifts to the 2014 Strawberry Queen. The companion Junior Miss competition for girls ages 12 to 15 will share these two schedulings. The entry fee for queen candidates is $20, and $10 for Junior Miss. While Junior Miss is open to all, the queen entries must identify a direct connection to Parke County, as they will be advanced to the Parke County Fair competition. Those seeking entry forms may call Judi Hartman at 765-548-2162 or download them from the Forms page of

Little people’s theme contests

On Saturday at 10 a.m., children will take the stage when Strawberry Babes, boys and girls up to 24 months, will be in this contest. Children ages 2 through 4 will compete for the titles of Mini Miss and Mister Berry, with costuming a bonus factor in their scores. At 11 a.m., the Little Strawberry Princess contest for girls ages 6 through 11 will take the stage. Entry forms are available at the Hair Hut in Rosedale, from the festival website or at the information table during the festival. Entry deadlines are one hour before each pageant, with pre-judging at the firehouse. The entry fee is $5 per contestant.

“Strawberry’s Got Talent” contest

Open to people of all ages and talents, the June 7 contest will be divided into age categories to level the skill field. For a $10 entry fee, competitors may register either as individuals or groups. No fixed types of talents are required to enter, so anything from apple-juggling to xylophone-playing will qualify. Prizes will be awarded in each category: child (kindergarten to sixth grade), youth (grades seven to 12) and adult. Pre-registration forms are available at the Hair Hut on Main Street in Rosedale, by calling Judi Hartman at 765-548-2612 or at the festival’s information table. Preliminary rounds will begin at noon Saturday.

Pampered Pet Parade

Taking the stage at 1 p.m. Saturday, this contest seems to take the term “pet” pretty loosely, as history has shown entries to range from frogs to pet rocks and even favorite people. In recent years, winners have been a turtle and a cockatiel. Four categories will be awarded: cutest, best dressed, best trick or talent, and most original. The entry fee is $1. For more information call LouAnn Cook at 765-548-0487.

Strawberry-eating and spaghetti-eating contests

Are you faster than a 16-year-old? That is the requirement to challenge the champion, a teenage girl who for two years in a row beat out grown men to win the title. New this year, spaghetti-eating will join the contest list, as entrants compete for top honors and messy faces. Flavorful and healthy fun, each contest’s entry fee is $1, available at the festival information table under the concert tent.

Classic Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Heap Contest

From classy to chassis, this show wraps up the festival’s competitions. Three age categories of classic cars will be on display, as well as a class group of trucks and SUVs. In the spirit of fun, the class “You really drove that thing here?” will bring out some real works in progress — or not. Records indicate a showroom-perfect Bentley has appeared here, and that one year’s heap winner came complete with a skunk trap, so anything is possible. Car show entries may register at the pagoda by the firehouse on North Main Street. Registration for $10 is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with people’s choice voting until 3 p.m. and awards at 4 p.m. Proceeds of this project help support the queen scholarship fund.

Rosedale’s Strawberry Festival is organized by Stewards of the Rosedale Community to assist nonprofit causes in the southwestern Parke County region and to provide free entertainment and information. For more details call 765-832.9455 or 812-236-3155, email or visit

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