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June 2014 strawberry festivals on Long Island

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Long Island's climate is perfect for growing strawberries, and this time of the year is when the season’s crop is reaching its peak and absolutely bursting with flavor. To celebrate the year’s bounty of these delectable favorites, several organizations around the island host strawberry festivals, which are always a beginning of summertime treat. Check out the strawberry fests coming up:

Nassau County Strawberry Festival, Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1

The Bellmore Lion’s Club and Bellmore Kiwanis sponsor this annual festival, which takes place at the Bellmore BOCES School grounds on Jerusalem Avenue in Bellmore. Enjoy carnival rides, vendors, food, entertainment and of course, plenty of strawberry-themed treats at this fun event. For more information on this festival, check out the Nassau County Strawberry Festival.

Strawberry Fair Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8

This strawberry festival gets a nod from Martha Stewart herself, who raves about Benner's strawberry shortcake. Benner’s Farm, located at 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd. in East Setauket is the setting for this old-fashioned strawberry fair, with old time music, games of yesteryear, and plenty of strawberry delights. Check out Benner’s Farm for more.

Smithtown Strawberry Festival, Saturday, June 7

St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Smithtown is the locale for this strawberry fest, with a craft fair, raffles, baked goods, and of course, plenty of fresh strawberries.

Mattituck Lion’s Club Strawberry Festival, Thursday, June 12 to Sunday June 15

One of the largest and longest running Long Island events comes to Mattituck this Father’s Day weekend. This year’s 60th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held June 12th through the 15th on Sound Avenue in Mattituck, rain or shine, and promises to be more of the same great fun it’s always been, with rides, games, food and vendors, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, and a “Big Bucks Raffle.” The main event at the Mattituck Lion’s Club Strawberry Festival is always the crowning of the Strawberry Queen, a local young woman who is selected by “impressing the judges with her poise, academic success, range of interests and a commitment to community service.” The winner receives a scholarship and represents the Mattituck Lion’s Club in local events throughout the year.

Summertime festivals are always great fun for the whole family, and these awesome strawberry-themed fests are a great way to begin.

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