Leaders of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce assembled in the mid-1970's to explore the idea of starting a community wide festival. Guided by the leadership and enthusiasm of Stephen Hamilton, a Troy native, festival brainstormer's decided upon an event that would draw upon the resources and talents available in the area to raise money for community organizations and causes. Sweet Corn was their first theme suggestion, and others followed but strawberries won. The main reason is that the biggest strawberry patch east of the Mississippi River happened to be just outside Troy, Ohio ~ Fulton Farms. Early June also did not conflict with other festivals already established in Miami County.
The festival started out very small in 1977 and has grown every year. The family oriented affair has been self-supporting from the start with the help of many Troy area businesses sponsoring specific events. Today, the event is a community wide effort involving thousands of volunteers organized by a committee of over 40 men and women. It generates enough income each year to finance a host of community service projects.
The above information is the key to the Troy Strawberry Festival's success - just everyday folk turning their time, talents, and energy into a fun, family community event that attracts over 200,000 visitors each year to the Troy area.
The Troy Strawberry Festival is a fun filled,
family friendly weekend.
The mission of the Troy Strawberry Festival is to create a vibrant and welcoming festival experience which results in positive recognition and economic impact for the Troy Community and for local non-profit organizations.
To be the best small town festival in the Midwest.
2023 General Chairwoman
Tammy Walkup will serve as the 2023 General Chairwoman of the 2023 Festival.
Tammy was born and raised in Troy, Ohio and graduated from Troy High School in
1983. She lives in Troy with her husband Scott. They have three children Benjamin,
Evan and Christopher. All three graduated from Troy High School and live here in Troy.
Professionally, Tammy has been an entertainment agent since 1993. Her involvement in
the entertainment industry is what led her to join the Strawberry Festival committee.
She has served as the Entertainment Chair since 2018 and has enjoyed working with the
festival lining up the bands for past festivals.
Tammy looks forward to a great weekend and fantastic weather at the 2023 Festival!
Festival Steering Committee
The Strawberry Festival is a program of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce (a 501c6 organization). A nine (9) member steering committee representing the festival volunteers, non-profits, the Troy Chamber and the community at large oversees the festival.
Chairman of the Steering Committee, 2022 General Chairwoman
Vice-Chair of Steering Committee, 2023 Chairwoman
Steering Committee Member, 2024 General Chairwoman
Steering Committee Member, 2025 General Chairwoman
Troy Chamber Representative
Troy Chamber Representative
Community At-Large Representative