Crawfordsville, IN Strawberry Festival 2019
The annual Strawberry Festival in Crawfordsville, IN has begun! This 3-day festival is one of the largest events of the year in Montgomery County.
The Crawfordsville Strawberry Festival is centered around Lane Place, a mansion built by Indiana Senator Henry Smith Lane in 1845. Lane Place is kept by the Montgomery County Historical Society and is worthy of a visit on its own for its museum and the historic Speed Cabin. The grounds are located near the center of town at 212 Water Street and is easily accessed. Be advised that this festival is now smoke and vape-free.
Street parking is available, but my family and I always head to the parking lot of the United Methodist Church on the corner of E Wabash Ave and S Green St. The Boy Scouts charge $5/vehicle to park in the lot (accessible from Green St) for the duration of your visit to the festival. It’s right across the street from Lane Place and is a short enough walk that my two elderly parents can handle it with no problem. This is handy as it seems most of the parking downtown has a 2 hour limit.
The festival has 5 main areas: the stage, the food, the vendor’s booths, the children’s games, and Lane Place mansion. Though the vendor’s booths take cash and often times debit/credit, the food booths and children’s games only accept tickets purchased through the festival ticket booth. Tickets are 50 cents a piece, so a pork kabob that costs 10 tickets costs $5.
The stage hosts the live music entertainment. Though there are several events that coincide with the festival (races, tennis tournaments, golf scramble, festival royalty pageant, etc.) a big draw to the festival is the live entertainment that is scheduled. This year, the headliner is the country band Ricochet, famous for the song, “Daddy’s Money”. All acts on the stage are free to enjoy, just bring your own chair or blanket and camp out on the grassy area in front of the stage.
Here you can see the seating area with the stage in the background. A band called “Zach Day and Full Throttle” was playing while we were at the festival.
The Strawberry Festival offers standard fair food. Of course, as it’s in Indiana, several stands sell pork tenderloin sandwiches. There are all types of fried food and lemon or strawberry shake-ups. I always seem to get the same thing; pork kabobs, ribbon fries, and “The Works” which is strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. You can click through the pictures below to see the ticket prices and locations of the food booths as well as the pork kabobs and ribbon fries I got.
The Vendor’s Booths
The Crawfordsville Strawberry Festival also hosts vendor booths every year. Most often, they are locals selling their crafts such as home decor signs, decorative wood-work, hand made jewelry, soap, and the like. This year, I also noticed a number of local retail vendors and Cutco (where I worked for a few months in college) had a booth. I rarely purchase anything, but I always like to have a look around to see the new trend in crafts. It seems like there’s a new popular item every year.
The Children’s Games
Like the food, the children’s games are paid for using Strawberry Festival Tickets. There are all sorts of activities for kids to enjoy. Many of the games have been at the festival since I was little. There are games where you can win a gold fish, games with toys for prizes, pony rides, inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses, a rock wall, face painting, and more. Below you can click through a couple pf random pictures of the children’s games area.
If you’re ever in Crawfordsville, Indiana in the month of June, check the Strawberry Festival website to see which weekend has the festival and consider stopping by. It’s a small town festival at its finest!