Like television shows, strawberries only arrive fresh in certain seasons and lose much of their appeal if producers shelve them for too long. Savor syndicated berries with today's Groupon: for $10, you and a carful of guests gain admission to the Delaplane Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 28, or Sunday, May 29, at Sky Meadows State Park (a $20 value).
A past Washington Post editor's pick, the Delaplane Strawberry Festival draws crowds with fresh-picked fruit, homemade pastries, and live entertainment. Guests’ arms and strawberry funnel cakes sway in time to live bluegrass and choral music emanating from the stage, and festival grounds teem with summer activities such as puppet shows, hay rides, and pony rides. Face painting covers childrens’ faces with the clownish stripes and accents needed to impersonate a post-apocalyptic warrior, and three-legged races prepare adolescents for the extra limbs they will grow as adults.
Since the turn of the century, the strawberry festival has celebrated the arrival of summer and the decampment of the snowmen that besiege Delaplane every winter. Admission proceeds benefit the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Piedmont Parish, which revived the Delaplane festival tradition to raise money for its outreach ministry.
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