Community and fellowship will be the reasons for celebration at two upcoming festivals.

Woodburn Days Strawberry Festival will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday on Main Street in Woodburn. The event will include strawberries, citywide yard sales, an antique and collectibles flea market, food, special discounts and a crystal, porcelain and ceramic repair booth. Designated parking will be available.

Chaney’s Dairy Barn’s Kentucky Proud Festival, which will feature Kentucky artists and producers, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of Chaney’s at 9191 Nashville Road.

The two events are held together every year to show what there is to offer in the area, said Woodburn Mayor Joe Wheet. Each will be held rain or shine.

“We’re excited to have a time when people can fellowship,” he said. “We see people we haven’t seen since last year.”

Wheet said the Strawberry Festival was started by the antique mall there several years ago. The event celebrates strawberries, a popular crop in Woodburn shipped on rail cars in the 1940s and ’50s. As advertising became more expensive, the city was asked to sponsor it.

“When rail traffic was the mode of transportation, we shipped a lot of berries from Woodburn,” he said. “We thought it would be a good thing to name it (the Strawberry Festival). We don’t grow as much now because of the costs of labor.”

The festival draws about 1,500 to 2,000 on Saturday alone, Wheet said.

“It’s a good thing for the community,” he said. “We want to promote Woodburn.”

This year marks the seventh for the Kentucky Proud Festival. The day will include candles, woodworking, jewelry makers, honey, cookbooks, crafts and food. In case of rain, the event will move inside Chaney’s newly renovated space.

“We have a lot of new vendors who have never been here before,” said Chaney’s owner Debra Chaney. “We look forward to a big weekend.”

— For more information about the Strawberry Festival, call Marsha T’s at 320-0276 or 529-5101 or Wheet at 529-2611. For more information about the Kentucky Proud Festival, call 843-5567.

“A Spring Gathering,” a third celebration held in conjunction with Woodburn Days Strawberry Festival, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rock Garden Farm, 12785 Nashville Road in Woodburn.

The event will include antiques, crafts and collectibles.

— For more information, call 529-9144

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