Reynolds is a peaceful town of just over 1,000 residents, located halfway between Macon and Columbus, making it the ideal location for planning a Georgia getaway. Visitors can watch drag races at the NHRA-certified drag strip, participate in community events, visit unique shops and restaurants, and harvest fresh strawberries at Taylor Orchards.
The Georgia Strawberry Festival has been the state’s official strawberry festival for almost two decades. It will take place April 22 in downtown Reynolds, and event organizers expect more than 8,000 attendees. The festival was established to encourage community involvement within Reynolds, promote the local strawberry growers, and provide a fundraising opportunity for local organizations. The event includes something for everyone in attendance including a 5K run supports literacy and a vintage tractor show. Hungry attendees need not worry as vendors will be selling hamburgers, strawberries, BBQ chicken, and more. The festival gives back to the community by providing a high school scholarship, helping local programs, and donating to the Children's Hospital in Macon. We got the chance to interview Becky Forbes, a representative of the event, to learn more about this sweet celebration.
RAL: Tell me about the event.
BF: The Georgia Strawberry Festival is entering its 19th year. Each year we draw an estimated 8,000 – 10,000 people from surrounding central Georgia towns and beyond. We pride ourselves on being a family-oriented event. This festival is unique for several reasons including:
We are the official Strawberry Festival for the state of Georgia
We focus on community activities that involve and interest all age groups
We have the most delicious, juicy, luscious strawberries grown right here in Reynolds
Events are within a 1/4 mile walking distance of each other.
RAL: Take me through the activities of a day at the event.
BF: Attendees can spend the whole day at the festival with the following activities:
5K run for literacy - 8:00 am
Kiddie Parade followed by the Grand Parade – 10:00 am
Arts, Crafts, & Boutiques Show – 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Photography Show – 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Old Book Sale – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Berry Blast Ball Games – beginning at 11:00 am
Vintage Tractor Show – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fire Truck Pull – 2:00 pm
Weenie Dog Race – 2:30 pm
Lawn Mower Race – 5:00 pm
Main Street Stage Entertainment – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
RAL: Will there be any special guest appearances?
BF: Special guests appearing this year will be the “Up All Night Band” from noon until 2:15 pm on Saturday. Attendees may wish to spend the weekend with us, and if they are here on Friday evening, we have a Gospel Fest in the Park featuring gospel artists “Segos the Next Generation,” beginning at 6:00 pm. Barbecue chicken plates, hot dogs, hamburgers, and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE will be available for purchase that evening.
RAL: What will attendees find for local lodging?
BF: The Cotton Gin Café and Inn is a great location for lodging and dining (Phone: 478-847-3590). Justin's Place and Lodging is also a great option, and it's only seven miles away in Butler, GA. More lodging options are available in nearby Fort Valley, Byron, and Warner Robins.
RAL: What does the event mean to the community?
BF: This event is an important part of this community. It provides an opportunity for citizens to work together for the betterment of our town. It's a boost to the local businesses and gives civic clubs and churches a way to present their cause and raise money.
RAL: Does the event support any special causes?
BF: The festival gives back to the community in many ways such as a college scholarship for a local high school graduate, contributions to the Children’s Hospital in Macon, and promoting literacy programs. The event has also given funds to the Fire Department, Police Department, City of Reynolds, and many others.
RAL: Why should people come?
BF: Our event is the perfect way to enjoy the day and create lovely family memories that will make them want to come back time and again. And besides all that you can take home some of the best strawberries, you have ever tasted.
For more information about the Georgia Strawberry Festival, please visit the event website.