Michele Spring Reporting:

(Friday, January 11, 2019) Bolivar, Ohio – The Village of Bolivar has decided to cancel their annual Strawberry Festival which was slated for the summer of 2019.

Mayor Rebecca Hubble said they had to cancel the festival because of the revitalization of the downtown area.

“The big thing is we need new water lines and we need new meters for the downtown business area, so that is part of the project. And it’s supposedly supposed to begin construction in June and, we hope, be finished at the end of October.”

Hubble noted that, with the aid of a few grants, they will be able to transform the downtown area to look more like an old canal town.

“We’ve been trying to work toward grant funding to revitalize the downtown area. So, the goal was to make it more like a canal town. And so, we were fortunate enough to get into the TAP funding with ODOT and we were also able to get in funding with ARC and with OPWC.”

Unfortunately, Hubble says, officials could not find an alternate space to hold the festival without taking away from what the community has built for so many years.

“We didn’t want to have to cancel it. We looked at other places or other venues within our area that we thought might be able to accommodate us. We looked at Fort Laurens, they do have the space but the biggest issue was electric and water. We realized that might not be financially feasible.”

The Strawberry Festival is set to return in 2020.

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