Portland’s Strawberry Competition kicks off Saturday – The Tennessean

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Casey Zalomsky sells refreshing strawberry lemonade

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Teresa Mayberry, Codi and Alana Hartman enjoy the Middle

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Cuyler and Troy have fun during Middle Tennessee Strawberry

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Riley Carter falls short of the prize during Middle

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Troy Gregory has a great time during the Middle Tennessee

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Bryan Pellegrin sells refreshments for Mitchell Concessions

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Catherine Hanley and Kannon Conrad enjoy the Middle

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Aryan May has a blast on a ride during the Middle Tennessee

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Ava Thompson has fun during the Middle Tennessee Strawberry

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Presley Stephens is all smiles during the Middle Tennessee

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Archer Thompson has a blast during the Middle Tennessee

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Ava Thompson waves to the crowd during the Middle Tennessee

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Mercedes Reithoffer waits for a big winner during the

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Aryan May has a blast during the Middle Tennessee Strawberry

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It was a beautiful evening for the Middle Tennessee

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Fun rides during the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

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Raven Bear waits for a big winner during the Middle

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Good times during the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

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Kendall Gregory goes for a spin during the Middle Tennessee

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Kendall Gregory goes for a spin during the Middle Tennessee

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Brandy Lee keep the games running during the Middle

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Dustin Bragg during a beautiful evening at the Middle

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Cool treats at the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

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Linda Bower and Horace Strause

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Willow Creasman (right) looks to win during the Middle

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Mandi and Elisa Briley hang out during the Middle Tennessee

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Ken and Alisia Campbell have a blast on a ride during

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Ken and Alisia Campbell have a blast on a ride during

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It was a beautiful evening for the Middle Tennessee

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Strawberries are everywhere for the Middle Tennessee

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Strawberries are everywhere for the Middle Tennessee

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Strawberries are everywhere for the Middle Tennessee

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Katie Amons serves strawberry shortcake during the

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Strawberry shortcake was served during the Strawberry

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A strawberry attends the Strawberry Slam during the

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Michelle Sadler poses with the strawberry during the

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Attendees enjoy the Strawberry Slam at Portland High

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Breanna Wilcox and Rafael Urena during the Strawberry

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Attendees enjoy the Strawberry Slam at Portland High

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Attendees enjoy the Strawberry Slam at Portland High

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Attendees enjoy the Strawberry Slam at Portland High

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Larry Willoughby enjoys the Strawberry Slam at Portland

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Portland’s greatest occasion of the yr — the 78th annual Center Tennessee Strawberry Competition — kicks off this Saturday and wraps up Might 11 with the principle occasion: competition day.

Strawberries had been large enterprise for Portland within the early 1900s, in response to the competition’s web site. Town had a creating manufacturing unit, a fruit processing plant, a canning manufacturing unit and a freezing facility to provide strawberries for nationwide ice cream manufacturers.

Every year, the competition attracts a crowd of greater than 30,00zero folks to the town of Portland.

The parade of a previous Portland Strawberry Competition. (Picture: File Picture)

Schedule of occasions

SATURDAY, MAY Four

Center Tennessee Strawberry Pageant: Portland Excessive Faculty, 600 Faculty St.

Strawberry Slam Wrestling Occasion: Doorways open at 6 p.m., occasion begins at 7 p.m. Portland Excessive Faculty, 600 Faculty St. $25 entrance row VIP tickets, $15 ringside tickets, $10 common admission

​TUESDAY, MAY 7

Annual Strawberry Golf Event: 4 particular person scramble. $400 staff charge consists of mulligans. eight a.m. at Kenny Perry Nation Creek Golf Course, 1075 Kenny Perry Drive, Franklin, Kentucky

Carnival at Richland Park: 5 p.m. to shut, 303 Portland Boulevard. $20 for limitless rides wristbands, $5 coupon obtainable at http://primetimeamusementsllc.com/.

WEDNESDAY, MAY eight

Library Story Hour at Portland Public Library: Three:30-Four:30 p.m., 301 Portland Boulevard     

Carnival at Richland Park: 5 p.m. to shut. Similar pricing information as Tuesday

THURSDAY, MAY 9

Carnival at Richland Park: 5 p.m. to shut. Similar pricing information as Tuesday.               

FRIDAY, MAY 10

Carnival at Richland Park: 5 p.m. to shut. $22 for limitless rides wristbands, $2 coupon obtainable at http://primetimeamusementsllc.com/.

Film on Fundamental Road introduced by Backbone Cease Chiropractic: See “Pirates of the Carribbean” with seating, meals distributors and extra open at 6 p.m. Film begins at 7:30 p.m. Free, deliver a blanket or char. 106 Fundamental St.

SATURDAY, MAY 11

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Fundamental Competition Day

7-11 a.m.: Portland Rotary Pancake Breakfast at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Broadway. $7 adults, $Four children       eight a.m.: Strawberry Stride 5k, Portland Excessive Faculty, 600 Faculty St. with Children Enjoyable Run at eight:45 a.m. Purposes obtainable at www.middletnstrawberryfestival.com9 a.m.-9 p.m.: Greater than 125 distributors with meals, craft gadgets and more9 a.m.-Four p.m.: Child City USA. $5 for all day play. Situated on Fundamental Road10 a.m.-Three:30 p.m.: “The place are you From” info sales space and T-shirts10 a.m.-Four p.m.: Strawberry Jam with free dwell music. Situated on Market Road10 a.m. to shut: Free parking at Portland Excessive Faculty and shuttle, 600 Faculty St.11 a.m.: Native farmers will promote strawberries whereas provides final. Freeway 109 close to Market Road 12 p.m. to shut: Carnival at Richland Park, 303 Portland Boulevard. $25 for limitless wristbands                    1-Three p.m.: Meet and greet with Captain Jack Sparrow at info booth1 p.m.: Bingo1 p.m.: Storytelling by Explorastory of Sumner County, First Baptist Church, 106 N. Broadway3 p.m.: Mascot meet and greet​Three:45 p.m.: Mascot raceFour p.m.: Strawberry Competition Parade, begins at Freedom Drive, travels Freeway 109 South and ends at Portland East Center School6 p.m.: Free live performance that includes Lee Gibsoneight:30 p.m.: Fireworks

For extra info on the occasion, go to www.middletennesseestrawberryfestival.internet.

 

Regional Editor Amy Nixon could be reached at 615-946-7549 or anixon@gannett.com.

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