A chilly, damp Strawberry Festival blossomed into the sunny, warm affair it annually has been Saturday in a bit of a miracle for the Boca Grande United Methodist Church Women fundraiser.
A cheer rose from the coat-clad crowd around 10 a.m. as the sun burned its way through gray cloud cover even while rain was still falling on the mainland.
The event concludes at 3 p.m. today. Read the full story in the Gasparilla Gazette Thursday.
The stars of Strawberry Fest crate the strawberry shortcake, from left: Arlene Stratten, Phyllis Hire, Gail Radey, Julie Wahoff, Judy Sandbo, Irina Brightly, Lisa Gregg and Kay Ballman.