The Winona Area Historical Society is reviving a strawberry festival after a 33-year hiatus.
The festival began in June 1947 in order to raise money to build a playground dedicated to Glenn Bennett, a local soldier who believed children should have a safe place to play. After his death in World War II, his parents, Sam and Pearl Bennett, bought land and presented it for a playground in his memory.
The Women's Society of the Winona Methodist Church sponsored the first festival. A profit of $106 became seed money for the project. Through much work and donations the playground was dedicated in 1949. The festivals continued until 1979.
The revived festival is open to the public and will feature food, live entertainment, an antique display at the Friends Meeting House, crafts demonstrations, and an auction which will begin at 2 p.m.. The festival will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 1 starting with a community-wide church service on the Winona Friends Church lawn. After the service at 11:30 a.m., food will be served at the Glenn Bennett Memorial Playground.
Food served includes locally-grown strawberries, shortcake, and ice cream along with a variety of sandwiches and side dishes.
A town crier will be announcing the various events.