2019 Strawberry Festival sees record attendance

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Entertainment headliner Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had crowds still coming in as the sun went down. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala.  – This year’s Cullman Strawberry Festival not only marked the 80th anniversary of the event, but will also likely turn out to be the biggest Strawberry Festival in recent years.  Just two years ago, only 1,300 gallons of strawberries were sold, but 2018 saw a surge to around 2,500 gallons sold to a crowd of approximately 15,000.  This year, both of those numbers were put to shame: by midafternoon, farmers had already sold 4,000 gallons of strawberries, and by 7 p.m., Cullman Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism (CP&R) Executive Director Nathan Anderson estimated that around 20,000 visitors had come through the festival, with fans still coming in to see entertainment headliner Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

A Festhalle full of produce, Depot Park full of vendors, a wide selection of food to eat and plenty of kids’ activities, combined with beautiful weather, kept the crowds coming in throughout the day.

In the evening, Anderson told The Tribune, “It’s been a great day; the traffic has been strong all day long.  We could not be happier with the weather and how everything came together. The music, the entertainment, all the food vendors, kids’ activities; everything just came together great!”

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