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Indy Strawberry Festival postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19

Posted at 10:10 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:10:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The 55th annual Indianapolis Strawberry Festival has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 11.

The first inaugural Strawberry Festival was held on Thursday, June 10, 1965.

The Cathedral Women at Christ Church Cathedral have held their annual Strawberry Festival for the past 54 years on the 2nd Thursday in June on Monument Circle.

"The festival is a staple of summertime for the downtown community, who show up in droves from downtown and greater Indianapolis to purchase made-from-scratch shortcakes topped with ice cream, strawberries and whipped topping; and enjoy live music on the circle," they said in a press release. "While the traditional summer festival will not take place until 2021, the Cathedral Women are asking the public to consider contributing the $7 cost of a shortcake with toppings, or an amount of their choice, toward the Cathedral Women Small Grant Program. Funds will be collected now through June 11."

Donations can be made at:

“While we are saddened to press pause after a half-century of this Indianapolis tradition, the biggest loss will be for the agencies who would benefit from the proceeds of the festival,” said Cathedral Women Strawberry Festival Co-Chairs Rebecca Winton and Jennifer Manterfield. “Our parish has not been able to gather at the Cathedral for some time, yet we have remained very much connected. We are asking the public to join us in that same spirit and help us raise funds to provide grant dollars to community organizations in need.”