Troy Strawberry Festival decision coming next month, other festivals announce returns

TROY — The Troy Strawberry Festival will make a decision on whether to hold the 2021 edition of the festival in downtown Troy during a meeting next month.

“The Strawberry Festival Board of Directors continue to monitor the current situation with COVID-19 and work with local officials to determine what the outcome of the 2021 festival,” organizers said in a statement this afternoon. “A decision will be made by the board at their meeting in April.”

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The festival was cancelled last year amid COVID-19, but is traditionally held in June. Currently, the planned dates, if the festival does take place, would be June 5 and 6, according to the festival’s website.

Several area festivals, including both the Americana Festival in Centerville and the Holiday at Home Festival in Kettering, have announced plans to hold festivals this season.

“We are excited to return after taking a year off due to COVID mandates,” Holiday at Home planners said in a statement earlier this month. “In the months to follow, look for safety protocols and media updates for this year’s celebration.”

Americana Festival organizers announced plans last week to hold all of the events surrounding its festival in Uptown in downtown Centerville on July 5, including a parade and 5K race. Fireworks for Centerville will be held the night before on July 4.

In downtown, plans are underway for the Celtic Festival, which also was cancelled last year. A message on the festival’s website shows there are plans for the festival to be held July 30-Aug. 1. “We hope to be back in 2021,” the message read.