Please forgive Corie Schweser, business manager for the Troy Strawberry Festival, if she sounds just a bit like the character Bubba in the movie Forrest Gump.

In the movie Bubba explains to Forrest Gump that shrimp is the fruit of the sea. “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it,” Bubba says. “There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.”

Not to be outdone, Schweser says there will be about 25 food vendors of the 70 total food vendors at this year’s 40th annual Troy Strawberry Festival June 4-5 in downtown Troy that will sell items made exclusively from strawberries.

“We’re looking at the typical wonderful, yummy stuff like the strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry cannoli, strawberry minipies, strawberry pizza, strawberry pickles, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry fudge,” says Schweser.

“Oh, fresh strawberries. You could just walk around and eat fresh strawberries,” she says. “Oh, and strawberry barbecue sauce, strawberry salsa, strawberry preserves.”

And, of course, don’t forget about the strawberry doughnuts that are made by the Troy Music Boosters. You know, the 180,000 strawberry doughnuts that were sold out by 4 p.m. the second day of last year’s festival. “Make sure you get here early” to get your share of the doughnuts this year, says Schweser.

In addition to the traditional food vendors, food trucks will also be at the festival, she says. “This is the first year we’re going to have five or six food trucks, so that’s really cool,” says Schweser.

But food isn’t the only attraction at the Troy Strawberry Festival. Hundreds of arts and crafts vendors will have their creations for sale; the Little Miss and Mr. pageant; the diaper derby race; a pie-eating contest; Big Wheel races; a 10K race; a 25K, 50K and 100K bike tour; the Home Grown Talent singing competition; and a junior golf tournament are just some of the other events and activities that will take place during the festival, she says.

And don’t forget the music—especially this year. That’s because the 2016 Troy Strawberry Festival Chairman Nathan Walters has chosen A Capella Berries as this year’s theme, says Schweser. Walters is a member of a barbershop quartet and loves a capella singing, she says.

Several a capella groups will be singing on one of the two stages this year, including the headline act Fourth Avenue on June 4, says Schweser. “We also have rock ‘n’ roll bands and things interspersed with the a capella groups,” she says.

Because about 200,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, parking is at a premium. That’s why the festival offers free shuttle transportation from three lots.

Festival-goers can park at the WACO Air Museum, 1865 S. County Road 25A; the Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25A; and the Hobart ITW Food Equipment Group, 701 S. Ridge Ave., says Schweser.