Good summer vibes at Strawberry Festival

(Posted June 25, 2024)

By Pat Donahue, Staff Photographer

The London Strawberry Festival took place June 20-22 and featured royalty contests, food vendors, children’s games, live music, and more.

Titus Smith, 16, a London High School student, loves to dance. He was named “Red Raiders Biggest Fan” by his fellow students this past school year and is shown here enjoying the performance of the Smokin’ Ham Band at this year’s Strawberry Festival.
Going for a ride at the London Strawberry Festival are 5-year-old Emma Holman who was the 2023 Miss Shortcake queen and her brother, Mateo, 4, who was crowned the 2024 Mr. Shortcake.
Tessa Poling (left), 2023 Jr. Miss Strawberry, and and Sophia Brown, 2024 Jr. Miss Strawberry first attendant grab a photo op with Ohio State University standout James Cotton. Cotton played defensive end for the Buckeyes in 1998-99 before he was drafted into the National Football League by the Chicago Bears. Cotton also played for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, as well as the Canadian Football League, during his professional career. He was on hand at this year’s London Strawberry Festival to meet fans, sign autographs, and offer souvenirs. Poling, 13, is a student at Westfall. Brown, 10, is a student at Madison-Plains.
Beating the heat at the 2024 Strawberry Festival with some shaved ice are 10-year-old Hayden Bannan and his 8-year-old brother, Cole.



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