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PHOTOS: Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival

The 2012 Strawberry Festival and parade was a sweet success on Saturday.

The Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival could hardly have happened on a better day. With no clouds to be seen, the parade started promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The parade was led by the volunteer fire department's brand new fire engine. Dozens of Capers lined the street as the three princesses were driven past, waving and tossing candy to children.

were next in line, their lineup punctuated by a Chinese dragon costume writhing along the street. Several other community organizations, including and also had their names displayed prominently on banners held by supporters. 

But not everyone in the parade was attached to an organization. Hilary Bolea pushed her baby through the parade in a stroller adorned with strawberry-shaped balloons. Bolea said she had always had a knack for making balloon animals, and these weren't too difficult to put together, with help from a local art supply store.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Pack 2214 waved their flags, and were followed by a group of and Faith Louden supporters. Next up was a pickup truck covered with stickers supporting County Councilman Dick Ladd, followed by Ladd himself, handing out candy to children.

Inside the Cape St. Claire Community clubhouse, Capers beat the heat while enjoying daiquiris, strawberry shortcake and other treats. Outside and around the clubhouse were more than 50 vendors selling their crafts and wares, along with face painting, T-shirts, knick-knacks and other curiosities.

If you missed the Strawberry Festival, I hope the extensive photo gallery here will help you experience a part of the fun on Saturday.

William H. Wilkinson Jr. June 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Excellent photos
Nancy Greer June 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Great photos illustrating a great day. The Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival is such a fun event.
Mary Lamb June 12, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Thanks for all the wonderful photos. We had such a great day!!!!!!

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