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June 14, 2013

Fresh strawberry shortcake awaits guests at Jefferson Depot Village Strawberry Festival

JEFFERSON — The historic Jefferson Depot Village will kick off its summer season this weekend with the annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Bazaar.

This marks the 28th year for the event, which will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The festival will feature a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy, including a quilt and doll show, live entertainment, free games and prizes and of course, strawberry shortcake.

A number of crafters will be on hand selling their wares amidst the historic buildings of the quaint 19th Century village. Folks will also have a chance to tour the historic village while enjoying the festivities.

Sunday will play host to an antique and classic car show.

The 1800s come alive when patrons enter the gates of the village. Visitors can stroll through the 1872 Lake Shore Michigan Southern Railroad Station and visit the 1848 “Church in the

Wildwood,” which was the first Methodist Episcopal meeting house. The 1849 Church Barn was built for the circuit-rider minister and patrons can see the 1838 Spafford One-Room Schoolhouse with its separate doors for girls and boys. Hohn’s General Store is filled with its original fixtures and merchandise and the 1860 Pharmacy features the Jackson Drug Store collection, herbal remedies and a medicinal herb garden behind it.

Folks can also take a look at the 1888 Victorian House, the 1845 Sheffield Post Office and the 1816 J. Warner Tavern.

Restoration is under way on the Benetka Blacksmith Shop, the 1918 PRR Caboose and the Girls’ Outhouse.

A 50/50 raffle will also be held during the festival. Adult admission is per donation.

Jefferson Depot Village is located at 147 East Jefferson St. Free parking is available on East Walnut Street.

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