History

The History of the Troy Strawberry Festival

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 finances 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. 

Troy Strawberry Festival Themes

There was no stated theme for the Troy Strawberry Festival from 1977- 1978 however the Festival still had General Chairs! The 1977 General Chair was Steve Hamilton and our 1978 General Chair was Douglas Trostle.  In 1979, our General Chair was Rick Jackson and there was only a reference to the Festival as “A Family Affair.” Beginning in 1980 when the Parade became a feature of the Festival, a theme was created for the Strawberry festival parade. Somewhere along the way, the Parade theme became the overall theme of the Strawberry Festival. Official Strawberry Festival theme logos with artwork did not appear until 1984 with “Go for the Berries”. Please see below for a full history of the Troy Strawberry Festival theme logos.


 

1980
“A Family Affair”
Tom Thokey – General Chairman

1981
“As American As…”
Charlene Walther – General Chairman

1982
“Kids Are The Berries”
Max Stubbs – General Chairman

1983
“The World According to Strawberries”
Malvern Timm – General Chairman


1984
“Go For The Berries”
Earl Burley – General Chairman

1985
“Volunteers Are The Berries”
Steve Kalmar – General Chairman

1986
“A Decade of Strawberries Magic”
Tim Lanahan – General Chairman

1987
“A Picnic Of Strawberries”
Jan Manning – General Chairman


1988
“The Time Is Ripe”
Mike Beamish – General Chairman

1989
“Hats Off To The Berries”
Tim Fourman – General Chairman

1990
“The Great Strawberry Shake”
Dan Plow- General Chairman

1991
“Straw’bear’y Delight”
Dee Mahan – General Chairman


1992
“Taste Of Strawberry Country”
Rick Riechert – General Chairman

1993
“Strawberry Fields Forever”
Jim Hall – General Chairmain

1994
“Pig Out On Strawberries”
Joe Mahan – General Chairman

1995
“Race For The Berries”
Bill Myers – General Chairman


1996
“Berried Treasure”
Diana Thompson – General Chairwoman

1997
“Berry Christmas”
Chuck Lobaugh – General Chairman

1998
“It’s A Berry Big World”
Tom Kendall – General Chairman

1999
“Remembering Berry Days”
Jody Davis – General Chairman


2000
“Troy, The Berry Heart of it All”
Stan Kegley – General Chairman

2001
“25 Berry Good Years”
Phil Trentine – General Chairman

2002
“All A Buzzzz….About Strawberries”
Sally Riechert – General Chairwoman

2003
“Spotlight on Strawberries”
Roberta Jacobs – General Chairwoman


2004
“Heavenly Strawberries”
Susan Fogt- General Chairwoman

2005
“Cruisin’ the Berry 60’s”
Steve Emmel – General Chairman

2006
“All American Berries”
John Schweser – General Chairman

2007
“StrawBerryville”
Tom Cooney – General Chairman


2008
“Let’s Talk Berries”
Fred Daffner – General Chairman

2009
“Dance to the Music”
Becky Pappas – General Chairwoman

2010
“Volunteers, Changing The World”
Dave Pappas – General Chairman

2011
“Berry Thankful Hearts”
David Geiger – General Chairman


2012
“Mardi Gras Berries”
Corie Schweser – General Chairwoman

2013
“A Magical Place”
Jon Dankworth – General Chairman

2014
“Home. Grown. Berries.”
Kathi Roetter – General Chairwoman

2015
“Bowling for Berries”
Doug Stone – General Chairman


2016
“Accapella Berries”
Nathan Walters – General Chairman

2017
“Silver Screen Berries”
Matt Watkins – General Chairman

2018
“Strawberrypalooza”
Eric Roetter – General Chairman

2019

"A Berry WACO Weekend"

Bruce Adamson - General Chairman