Bring on the sweet stuff — the Strawberry Festival is back downtown on Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The family-friendly festival is under Skypoint at North Broadway and Second Avenue North. It starts with a public pancake breakfast and includes a Kids' Area, arts and crafts booths, food trucks, live entertainment and a 65-foot strawberry shortcake prepared by the Chefs & Cooks of Montana.
The pancake breakfast hosted by the Billings Heights Lions Club begins at 7:30 a.m. The Kids' Area, sponsored by the Center for Children and Families and the Wise Wonders Children's Museum, will have free activities for children that includes face painting and crafts. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Strawberry Festival's vendors come from around the region to showcase a collection of creations including photography, oil paintings, jewelry, textiles, woodwork, sculptures, glass, ceramics and garden art.
The festival will also have booths from local retailers and nonprofit organizations. The public can expect a wide variety of cuisine and beverages hosted by local and regional food trucks specializing in barbecue, Mexican, Pan-Asian, Italian and Hawaiian shaved ice.
This year, the shortcake will be set up just east of Skypoint. The cake serves approximately 1,500 people and costs $2 a slice; serving will begin around noon. Proceeds from the shortcake go to the Chefs & Cooks of Montana's scholarship program and toward downtown street beautification projects.
For more information, visit www.downtownbillings.com