Strawberry Festival Parade Veterans

With our proud veterans leading the Addison Township Strawberry Festival Parade, the fire engines sounding out their cavalry charge, and the delicious strawberry sundaes tantalizing your taste buds, this colorful Strawberry Festival event held  Saturday, July 18, is too much fun to miss!

The parade is at noon in downtown Leonard, Michigan, located on the corner of Elmwood and Rochester Roads.

Grand Marshalls are Wes and Linda Douglas, and Janet Ostrander. Our lovely Princess this year is Sarah Phelps and our handsome prince is Jaidan Remer.

There will be a train, an obstacle course, a giant slide, and a tropical maze. All rides are free thanks to the dedication and year-long efforts of the Leonard Festival Committee.

Music will be by Wayne Sutherby. Entertainers include; Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Connie Frances and Johnny Cash impersonators. Street dancing will begin at 7 p.m. with “Haulin Elis Band” and continue until 10 p.m.

Bring your jogging shoes for the Addison Township Public Library “Born to Read” 5/10K run which begins at 8:30 a.m. And don’t forget about the little goats, bunnies, and chicks at the petting zoo hosted by Upland Hills Farms.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Some things you will not want to miss are:

Strawberry Sundaes dished out by our brave,and often fun loving firefighters (see picture below).

Johnny Spezia’s piglets, Sheepshank Sam, and Woodcarver Kona Ice.

Car show at Cooper Standard Automotive parking lot.

Book signing for Wilted Dandelions at the main table from 1 to 3 p.m. Be sure to get a signed copy for a friend and your special gift upon purchase.

There will be prancing ponies to ride and colorful booths to shop at. Upland Hills, with their farm animals, will provide educational and fun-filled activities.

Come hungry and enjoy a fantastic pancake breakfast at the historical Leonard United Methodist Church from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; for lunch enjoy Randy Klein Big R BQ or Leonard Market’s delicious pizza. Log onto for more information.

Strawberry Festival Firefighters Janin Herman, Gunnar Johnson, Marilyn Szost

From left to right; Janin Herman, Gunnar Johnson, and Marilyn Szost


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