St. John's Episcopal Church, overlooking the Niagara River on Main and Chestnut streets in Youngstown, will hold its annual Strawberry Fest. The event is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
Homemade strawberry shortcake – made with local berries, freshly baked shortcake and real whipped cream – will be served alongside an assortment of grilled foods prepared by the Youngstown Lions Club. Donuts D. Clown will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. for children of all ages. The Nickel City Blues Band will perform starting at 2 p.m.
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. It is listed on the state and national Registers of Historic Places.