Cherokees take part in annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival
These strawberries were judged for the “Best in Festival” award during the 71st annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival held May 11–12 in Stilwell. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
STILWELL – The 71st annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival was held May 11-12, and a strong Cherokee presence could be seen in one of the longest running festivals in Oklahoma.
Attractions included a parade, carnival, 5K and fun run, car show, vendor booths, live music, food and strawberries.
One of the two Cherokee strawberry growers, Dylan Collyge, attended the festival even though he was unable to sell his berries or enter them in the competition this year.
“My berries got hit by a late frost in April and set me back about a month,” he said.
Other strawberry farmers did well with their berries and sold them from booths or from their vehicles. Visitors could be seen carrying purchased flats of strawberries around town.
The Cherokee Phoenix was at the festival and produced the following video of highlights.