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Updated: 02/21/2018 08:30:03AM

Strawberry Festival

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Despite massive damage to his Henscratch Farms from Hurricane Irma, owner Drew Jones was all smiles with the turnout at his Strawberry Festival on Feb. 17.

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Kelvin Delaney's method of making barbecue pleases the crowds at all the Henscratch Farms events.

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These kids were excited about feeding the chickens. From left; Nicholas, Pablo, Angel and Mia Hernadez, plus little brother, Ethan Gonzalez. They came from Lake Placid.

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Visitors were shoulder-to-shoulder inside the country store at Henscratch Farms for the Strawberry Festival.

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It's been a great year for strawberries and there plenty available at Henscratch Farms this past weekend.

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April and Joe Clark enjoyed a family fun day with their kids, Mason, 3, and Paisley, 6, at the Henscratch Farms Strawberry Festival.

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The Red Neck Joe Band from Lake Placid performed for the crowd at the Festival. They are from left: Peggy 'Sweet Pea' Essex on fiddle, Red Neck Joe on guitar, Brandon Skeen on drums, and Pat "Bubba P" Essex on bass.

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These ladies travel from Broward County whenever there's something going on at Henscratch Farms. From left; Cindie Calise, Chrissy Ciasca and Sonja Mayor. They make it a family affair.

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Ann Groux is a snowbird from Virginia. She raved about the strawberry shortcake she got at the Strawberry Festival at Henscratch Farms.

BY JERRY MEISENHEIMER

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LAKE PLACID — What do you get when you mix young and not-so-young, working and retired, locals and snowbirds and a bunch of out of town visitors together? Want a hint? Add a country band, chickens, BBQ, milk shakes and a lot of fun! Still undecided? Let’s go on, a country store, lawn chairs, wine-tasting and beautiful weather. Give up? Well, it was the 6th annual Strawberry Festival, held out in the country, at Henscratch Farms, on Saturday, Feb. 17.

If you missed it, and like the sound of things, you’ll have to wait until next time. This year almost 600 people gathered to enjoy all-things-strawberry. There were strawberry pies, strawberry shakes, strawberry shortcake, strawberry preserves — and of course — lots of fresh strawberries to buy. You could have even picked your own ripe berries, right on the farm.

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