HOLLAND, Ohio — If sweetness is your weakness, then the Holland Strawberry Festival is for you. With a staggering number of 300 flats of strawberries, there is no shortage of the fruit this year.
That number works out to 300 strawberry pies, 500 strawberry shakes and 1,000 strawberry shortcakes.
"These strawberries are excellent, sweet and good. Don't have to add a lot of sugar to these at all. And they're huge, enormous strawberries," said Holly Moore, a berry masher at the festival.
Weather permitting, some 25,000 people are expected to come to the festival to satisfy their sweet tooth.
People in attendance agree the strawberries this year are the cream of the crop.
"I think it's a texture kind of thing. Just the crunchiness," said James Abner.
"Strawberries always come in June. June is the best month of the year," added Tracy Krumnow.
The 84 year-old festival is a fundraiser for the Community Homecoming Corporation to help underprivileged children.
"We will shop for 25-35 children at Christmastime. Everything they ask for they get," said Gary Leasure of the Corporation.
The festival runs through Sunday, June 16 at Homecoming Park off Angola Road.
Admission is $3.00 per adult, while kids under seven get in for free..