St. John's Episcopal Church, overlooking the Niagara River on Main Street in Youngstown, will hold its annual Strawberry Fest from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Homemade strawberry shortcake made with local berries, freshly baked shortcake and real whipped cream will be served. Grilled foods prepared and served by the Youngstown Lions Club will also be available.
Donuts D. Clown will perform from noon to 2 p.m. for children of all ages, and the Lockport Community Band will play a medley of patriotic songs and other favorites starting at 2 p.m.
The event will be for one day only this year.
The Strawberry Fest dates back to World War II when the congregation hosted a "strawberry social" for soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Niagara. The church, built in 1878, will be open continuously throughout the event for self-guided tours. St. John's is one of only a few remaining board-and-batten carpenter Gothic churches with an active congregation in Western New York, and is listed on the state and national registers of historic places.