The popular Strawberry Festival at Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle takes place Thursday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — or whenever they run out of strawberries, shortcake and ice cream.
But they’ve got a lot — and by a lot, I mean they’ve got 7 tons of strawberries, and volunteers have been busy baking more than 19,000 shortcakes.
- Cathedral Women, a group of Christ Church Cathedral parishioners, organizes the event.
- Approximately 300 people volunteer.
- The first festival was June 10, 1965.
- The festival is held on Thursday because that’s the night the J.C. Penney on the Circle was open late.
- The strawberries come from California.
- In the past, Indiana beries were used; five different farms supplied the berries, but many have closed over the years, prompting the need to order frozen berries — 7 tons this year.
- Volunteer make the shortcakes — all 19,468 of them.
- More than 23,000 spoons have been ordered.
- 55,000 to 60,000 napkins will be used.
- Cathedral Women grants funds twice a year to organizations; last year the group granted $63,000 to 31 not-for-profit organizations.
- It’s $7 for “The Works” — strawberries, shortcake, ice cream and whipped cream.