Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. (CONTRIBUTED)
Photo: HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News
Photo: HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News

Troy Strawberry Festival named Best Summer Festival and Best Food Festival in Ohio

We’ve always known there’s something “berry special” about the Troy Strawberry Festival.

And now the whole state is about to know.

The Troy Strawberry Festival has been named the Best Summer Festival in Ohio and the Best Food and Drink Festival in Ohio, according to the results of the annual Ohio Magazine Best of Ohio Readers’ Ballot.

Festival organizers announced the recognition on its Facebook page

>> PHOTOS: Troy Strawberry Festival 2018

Fulton Farms strawberries (Jim Witmer/file image)
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The magazine asked its readers and website visitors to vote for their local favorites, which will be featured in their January issue. 

Earlier this year, Troy was named one of five “Best Hometowns” in Ohio by the magazine.

>> 4 reasons to visit Troy

Other honorees included Cambridge, Findlay, Medina and New Albany. They were honored in the magazine’s 13th annual Best Hometowns issue.

>> Troy named one of Ohio’s best hometowns

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The first Troy Strawberry Festival, held in 1977, was organized to give clubs and organizations a way to make money. It was an immediate success despite the marble-sized berries that year.

>> Our favorite treats at the Troy Strawberry Festival

Managers from local Friendly Ice Cream shops created a 100-foot long strawberry sundae inside Troy Stadium that year, and visitors purchased shortcakes, beverages and pints of “Troy’s finest” berries.  

Many of the ideas still used today — the arts and crafts booths and the concession stands — have been part of the berry festival since those early years.

The festival supports local non-profits, schools and churches and their various programs.

The festival is famous for its berry treats and the strawberry donuts that support Troy schools music programs. There is always a line, but it is worth the wait, trust us!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 2019 festival will take place June 1-2, 2019. It will be the 43rd annual event.

>> Get ready for a ‘berry WACO’ weekend

>> How the Troy Strawberry Festival got its start more than 40 years ago

The famous strawberry donuts fund-raiser at the Troy Strawberry Festival helps benefit Troy schools music programs. (Amelia Robinson/Staff)
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Strawberry donuts. Strawberry shortcake. Chocolate covered berries. All of these sweet treats are part of the charm of the annual Troy Strawberry Festival in downtown Troy. Here is who we spotted on Saturday, June 2, 2018. PHOTOS BY DAVID MOODIE, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: DAVID MOODIE
Strawberry donuts. Strawberry shortcake. Chocolate covered berries. All of these sweet treats are part of the charm of the annual Troy Strawberry Festival in downtown Troy. Here is who we spotted on Saturday, June 2, 2018. PHOTOS BY DAVID MOODIE, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: DAVID MOODIE

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