Festival has taste for new events

By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer

Several new events will be taking root at this year's Strawberry Festival in downtown Delhi.

A Ford Mustang car show, a collection of Delhi mementos and even a showcase of local artists have been added to the Father's Day weekend event. Members of the Delhi BIA have been working tirelessly to grow Strawberry Festival over the last few months.

"As soon as Christmas was over, we called our first meeting in January," said Diane Bertling, promotions coordinator for the Delhi BIA. "We've got a great bunch that are all working together. Each person has a job."

Downtown Delhi has also received a facelift in preparation for Strawberry Festival. The traffic light posts at the corner of King and Main streets were repainted last week. New wooden strawberries will adorn these posts, inviting highway travellers to stop in for the festival.

"The street is going to look fantastic," said Bev Heath, of Delhi Paint & Wallpaper who is on the local BIA.

A section of Church Street, from Main to Queen streets, will be converted for the first time into a Ford Mustang haven on Saturday. Mustang enthusiasts from London, St. Thomas and Kitchener will be showing their rides there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Delhi District Hungarian Hall will also be hopping with activity on Saturday. Delhi historian Dave Rusnak will be showing a prototype of a potential Delhi project from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hall. He will also have on hand a selection of town mementos.

"Dave collects old photos of Delhi and he has been collecting for years," Bertling said.

Several ethnic booths featuring rich cuisine and artifacts organized by the Multicultural Heritage Association of Norfolk will run alongside at the Hungarian hall.

Just down the street, the popular strawberry bakeoff will run out of the Delhi District German Home. The public is invited to watch six categories of baked goods judged live Saturday afternoon.

"There are many people who come out to watch it," Bertling said.

In addition to special events, downtown merchants will also be running their own specials to mark Strawberry Festival. The Bunkhouse, for example, will be serving up a Mediterranean buffet Saturday night and the local TD Canada Trust branch will have a strawberry-themed customer appreciation.

"Each of the merchants will be having their own in-store draws," Bertling added. "No purchase necessary."



- Local strawberry vendors will be stationed at TD Canada Trust, the Delhi District Hungarian Hall and the Delhi District German Home.

- Festival mascots will be touring downtown for photo opportunities. They will be around 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Delhi artists will be showing a selection of their work at the Hungarian Hall. These include Ann Duwyn, Barb Murphy, Tina Klassen, Randy Goudeseune, Bernie Crawshaw and Lindsay Taylor so far.


- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - The Ford Mustang Car Show will roll into town. Church Street, from Main to Queen streets, will be closed for the show during that time.

- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Horse-drawn carriage rides from the Hungarian Hall parking lot.

- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Delhi historian Dave Rusnak will show off some town mementos and a prototype of a potential Delhi project at the Hungarian Hall.

- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Booths of cuisine and artifacts from the Multicultural Heritage Association of Norfolk will also be on display at the Hungarian Hall.

- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Entries can be dropped off for the strawberry bakeoff held at the German Home. Judging will begin at 1 p.m.

- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Blue Waves will be playing at the Hungarian Hall.


- Father's Day brunch will be served at the Delhi Belgian Club.

Barbara Simpson

519-426-3528, ext. 112