Strawberry Fest returned to downtown Billings on June 11

The community event takes place under Skypoint and starts with a public pancake breakfast, and includes a kid’s area with arts and crafts booths, food trucks, live entertainment, and a 65′ strawberry shortcake.  The 25th Annual Strawberry Festival is Saturday, June 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The shortcake is prepared by the Chefs & Cooks of Montana. The strawberry pancake breakfast hosted by the Billings Heights Lions Club kicks off the event at 7:30 a.m.

The kid’s area is sponsored by the Center for Children and Families, Wise Wonders Children’s Museum, and the YMCA will have free activities for children including face painting, crafts, and Zumba. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Strawberry Festival’s arts and crafts vendors come from around the region to showcase a collection of creations including photography, oil paintings, jewelry, textiles, woodwork, sculptures, glass, ceramics, and garden art. The festival will also have booths from local non-profit and commercial organizations, as well as, food vendors specializing in Asian, Mexican, BBQ, Italian, and Greek cuisines. In total, the festival hosts over 150 booths.

A crowd favorite is the strawberry shortcake, which will be set-up in a new location on Second Avenue between North 27th Street and Broadway. Slices cost $2 and they will be served starting at noon.

Albertsons is sponsoring a Strawberry Festival collectible button that will be available for purchase during the event. All those wearing the button will be eligible for special discounts and promotions at participating retailers, restaurants, and businesses. For more information, visit downtownbillings.com