Bedford Strawberry Festival upcoming

Friday, May 24, 2013


Staff Writer

Ripe red strawberries swathed in whipped cream are sure to draw crowds from Bedford and beyond to Bedford’s annual Strawberry Festival, to be held this year on the grounds near Memorial Town Pool, 20 County Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1. The berries and many other attractions are store.

The festival, which will feature a strawberry shortcake eating contest, offers diversions for all ages. Keyboardist extraordinaire and longtime music teacher Paul Bordeleau, who recently released a CD of songs he composed, is the featured performer. In addition, producers of local jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup and freshly baked breads and desserts will be on hand.

The Bedford Fire Department and the Bedford Police Department will take part. The Bedford Historical Society will have an antique hearse on exhibit. The Boy Scouts are expected to be present. Demonstrations by craft persons specializing in oil painting, sculpture, woodworking, textile crafts and other media are sure to draw admirers.

The Bedford Village Common Committee will man a booth and share exhibits related to the recent completion of Bedford’s newest park.

In addition, representatives of the Bedford Land Trust will be on hand. Another group, Bow Wow Bedford, from the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, will help town reps including Lori Radke, town clerk, to secure dog licenses for their pets.

Enjoy food from T-Bones Great American Eatery as you watch face-painting artists transform youngsters into Spiderman impersonators, Boston Red Sox fans, or patriotic bearers of American flags.

The Strawberry Festival is hosted by the Friends of Town of Bedford Cemeteries, a group dedicated to preserving and maintaining four town cemeteries, spaces which include three sites of colonial vintage, according to the group’s web site (

The Friends tend to Old Bedford Cemetery on Back River Road, a site where many Revolutionary War veterans are interred. They maintain Beal’s Cemetery, also known as South cemetery, a site established in 1793 on Beal’s Road. In addition, the Joppa Hill Cemetery, established in 1789, and the Bedford Center Cemetery on Church Street, a site founded in 1799, receive respectful, ongoing care from the group.

Additional facts on the web site reveal there are interred in those places a total of 1.720 females and 1,641 males. One could say with confidence that they include mothers, fathers, soldiers, children, sweethearts, town officials and others beloved by someone or another. It also could be said that time is taking a devastating toll on many of the old grave stones.

John Wood, chairman for five years of Strawberry Festival committee, shares the job of presenting the festival with fellow committee members Mike Sills, Robert Kruger, Julia Schappals, Lori Radke and Melinde Byrne. Wood said the proceeds from the festival will help support a project slated to begin on June 8 that entails the cleaning and repair of grave stones.

“We have fixed probably 20 stones throughout the past several years in three different cemeteries,” Wood said. “These are stones that are broken because of old age. Some are slate stones, some are granite. The slate ones are really a job to fix because the stone flakes off in layers. The repair man has a special type of epoxy cement that will adhere.”

He urges everyone to come to the Strawberry Festival and to bring their friends in support of continuing the care for the Bedford places where the remains of so many loved ones lie in repose.

For more information on the upcoming Strawberry Festival, call 647-7309.

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