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Feast of the Strawberry Moon goes on despite soggy conditions, Sunday showers

Matt DeYoung • Jun 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Mother Nature didn’t do the Feast of the Strawberry Moon organizers any favors.

Soggy conditions on Harbor Island heading into the weekend and steady rain on Sunday made things difficult, but event organizer Mark King said this year’s festival was a hit, especially on a sun-soaked Saturday. 

“Yesterday, we had a fabulous day,” King said Sunday afternoon. “We had a good, steady crowd all day long. It was exciting to see the interactions with the guests and the re-enactors. ... It was a very positive day.

“Although we’re in the middle of a downpour now, we’ve had a fairly steady stream of people that continue to come out into the Feast in the rain. There’s been some real hard core people walking around, enjoying the feast.”

Now in its 19th year, the Feast of the Strawberry Moon showcases a variety of lifestyles from the 1700s with re-enactors posing as artisans, voyagers, soldiers and more. The event was origionally put on by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. This marks the third year that the West Michigan Historical Alliance has hosted the festival. 

Record-high water levels locally have made access to Harbor Island tricky, but King said that wasn’t an issue for festival-goers. 

“It’s been a great year,” King said. “The city worked really hard. The one intersection that was under water, by noon on Friday, it was down. It’s rising again now, but that’s not stopping anyone from getting out or getting in.”

King noted that next year’s Feast will be the 20th anniversary event. 

“We’re looking forward to being able to something special, something exciting for No. 20,” he said. 

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