La Trinidad ready for 2017 Strawberry Festival

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — It’s all systems go for the 2017 Strawberry Festival which will kick off on February 20.

With this year’s theme “Sustaining the Fruits of La Trinidad’s Agro-Eco Tourism,” the festival will be highlighted with the presentation of a giant strawberry cake which is capable of feeding thousands of people.

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda on Friday said there are some 27 activities lined up for the month-long celebration of the 36th Strawberry Festival that will end on March 31.

Salda said the festivities will start with the opening of the agro-industrial fair where barangays or villages will display their best products at the Km.5 parking area on February 20.

On February 23, individuals are encouraged to join the mural competition at the municipal park which will be followed by the Search for Strawberry Festival Hymn on February 24.

Residents in the 16 barangays are asked to actively join in the municipalwide clean-up campaign on February 24-25 while photo enthusiasts will feature the town during the art and photo contest at the Art and Photo Lane located within the municipal park on the same dates.

Likewise, coffee enthusiasts will have a chance to taste the town’s best coffee during the scheduled coffee summit at the municipal gym on February 24-26 while the opening program of the festival will be on March 6 at the municipal gym.

A job fair is scheduled on March 10 while separate concerts at the park will be scheduled in the municipal park between March 6 and 31.

The search for the biggest and sweetest strawberries will be on March 11 at the municipal park.

On March 17, there will be the pre-pageant for the search for Mr. and Ms. La Trinidad at the municipal gym that will be preceded by a flower arrangement contest at the municipal park.

On March 18, the civic parade from Km. 6 to the municipal grounds will be held, to be followed by the “Owik Tan Tayaw” (butchering of the pig and dances) and multi-cultural cultural celebration at the municipal gym.

On March 19, there will be street dance, drum and lyre and float parade from Km. 6 to the municipal gym which will be followed by the serving of the replica of the giant strawberry cake created years ago at the Lednicky Hall.

The strawberry cake competition will be on March 21 at the municipal gym.

The municipal government will sponsor a mass wedding on March 24 at the municipal gym while the Cordillera film fest will be launched on the same date at the Wangal Sports Complex.

The pageant night for the search for Mr. and Ms. La Trinidad will be at the Benguet State University (BSU) closed gym on March 25 while the Dumba ni Kavadjo (horse race) will be at the Wangal Sports Complex on March 25.

The festival will culminate with the awarding of winners in the different competitions on March 31 at the municipal gym. Dionisio Dennis/

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