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This toddler at the duck pond was well dressed for the Strawberry Fest. / May 14, 2018

he second annual Strawberry Festival drew a big crowd despite 90-degree heat much the day Saturday, and afterwards festival coordinator Vinny Sarnataro said he was very happy with the way the community fundraiser turned out.

“It was very hot,” he noted, “but people came in and seemed to have a good time.”

Among the highlights was a contest to see who could be fastest to gobble down a strawberry-covered pizza provided by Domino’s Pizza. The winner, Henry Conner, repeated after capturing the title at last year’s festival.

“It only took him three minutes and 20 seconds to finish off the pizza and the strawberries from Reese Farms,” Sarnataro said.

Winners of various door prizes will be announced today via the Strawberry Festival’s Facebook page. Prizes include a vacation package for a Myrtle Beach getaway, South Boston Speedway race tickets, a guest stay at the Charles Bass House in South Boston, dinner for two at Molasses Grill in Halifax, a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries from CC Unique Creations, and a surprise gift from Aarons. The winners will be presented at 2 p.m. today via Facebook streaming video, Sarnataro said.

Aside from many strawberry treats — the first 400 visitors received a free strawberry cupcake, others got chocolate-covered berries — the festival featured a bouncy house and barrel train rides around Halifax Square Shopping Center for the little ones, along with face painting and games.

For the adults, there was an assortment of vendors and an antique and vintage car show by the Tinker’s Car Club. The day concluded with a fireworks show for the 9 p.m. finale.

Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival go to the Healthy Harvest Community Garden at Edmunds Park.

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