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Jaemor Farms to host annual Strawberry Festival on May 6
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Turner Bailey, 2, takes a bite out of a ripe strawberry May 7, 2016, during the third annual Strawberry Festival at Jaemor Farms in Alto.

Spring has sprung and brought strawberries with it, leading Jaemor Farms to host its annual Strawberry Festival.

The free event will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6, at 5340 Cornelia Highway in Alto.

The festival will feature the popular u-pick activity, which is what started the event in the first place.

Caroline Lewallen, the agritourism and marketing coordinator at Jaemor Farms, said customers had asked for u-pick opportunities, but the farm was not set up as a “u-pick” operation.

“However, to help meet this request, we started hosting a strawberry festival on the farm back in 2014,” she said. “This year’s festival we will have five acres of u-pick strawberries available to

our customers.”

During the festival, customers may fill a minimum 1-gallon basket of strawberries for $14.

While picking strawberries is the main attraction, it is not the only one.

Jaemor Farms will offer a $5 “farm fun pass” for hayrides and games, including a petting zoo, farm slide, skeeball and duck races.

“There will be samples of strawberry-flavored products and more at the farm market all day while supplies last,” Lewallen said.

The strawberry cook-off will begin at 12:30 p.m.

A mobile dairy unit will be on site milking a cow at the shed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We’ll also have milk samples available from Mountain Fresh Creamery next to the milking demonstration,” Lewallen said.

Food at the festival will include a Cornelia Chick-Fil-A booth, a barbecue vendor and the Jaemor sandwich shack in front of the market.

Various craft vendors will be set up at the Shed facility, which is where customers may purchase their u-pick containers and farm passes.

Lewallen encouraged people to come early before all the strawberries get picked.

“Strawberries are subject to pick out, so we encourage folks to come early,” she said. “We do have more berries to pick from than in 2016, but that is all still subject to the weather we have in the days leading up to the festival.”

And while the strawberries are a big deal, Lewallen said they’re focused on the families.

“Main thing is we look forward to hosting so many families on the farm on May 6 and hope they make memories that last a lifetime while here at Jaemor,” she said.

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