Thousands expected for annual Indy Strawberry Festival – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A sweet tradition returns Thursday to Monument Circle.

The 56th Annual Strawberry Festival, hosted by the Cathedral Women of Christ Church Cathedral, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or while supplies last.

The festival is back to its usual pre-pandemic date of the second Thursday in June. Last year, the event was held on September 2 due to the pandemic.

The “Works,” a treat of homemade shortcake, strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping, is $8. Single items are available à la carte for $2 each. Cash and card are accepted.

“We have seven service tents today,” said festival co-chair Jennifer Manterfield. “We have 10,000 homemade shortbread cookies right here in the church with our original recipe used over 50 years ago.”

The congregation expects to serve nearly four tons of strawberries.

Strawberry shortcake sales will benefit charities, according to Manterfield.

“All proceeds after our costs for this festival go directly to our community, to organizations in downtown Indianapolis.”

Over the years, the Cathedral Women have supported dozens of local organizations with their Strawberry Festival grants.

News 8’s Camila Fernandez (left) with organizers of the 56th Annual Strawberry Festival. (Photo provided/Camila Fernandez)

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