Strawberries and cream will be served at the 43rd annual Strawberries 'N Arts Festival, June 16. COURTESY PHOTO

Strawberries ‘N Arts Festival Combines Great Food, Live Music and Professional Crafts in Westford

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The 43rd annual Strawberries ‘N Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Westford Town Common.

Sponsored by First Parish Church United, Westford, this traditional event offers the whole family a day that includes high quality artwork and crafts for purchase, a wide variety of food and homemade strawberry shortcake for purchase, plus musical performances by several local groups. Admission is free and everyone in Westford and beyond is welcome to join in the festivities, say organizers.

The highlight of the day for many is the serving of fresh strawberry shortcake by FPCU members. More than 350 quarts of fresh strawberries, more than 1,200 over-sized shortcake biscuits and lots of real whipped cream are combined to create more than 1,000 servings of the dessert.

Customers can begin to line up before 12:30 p.m. to partake in what for many has become an annual ritual of the beginning of the summer season.  Also available for purchase are a variety of grilled food including hamburgers, hotdogs, and Hubba’s BBQ pulled pork sandwiches of Westford.

This year, the Strawberries ‘N Arts Festival has more than 90 craftspeople in attendance, lining the triangular green in Westford’s historic town center.  Crafts for sale this year include handcrafted woodworks, a variety of handmade jewelry, wrought iron, handpainted glassware, framed photographs and portraits.

Additionally there will be crafts and entertainment for the kids, and continuous music performed by several local groups throughout the common and on the Westford Common bandstand. Rain date (in extreme weather conditions only) is Sunday, June 17.

Free parking is available at the First Parish Church United, the J.V. Fletcher Library, Roudenbush Community Center and Abbot School.  Proceeds will go to the First Parish Church United, which supports a variety of local and international charity organizations through its outreach programs.

For more information, residents are asked to visit www.TheStrawberryFestival.org.