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Strawberries and Cream set for Sunday

Anyone who likes fresh berries and ice cream is invited to attend the annual Strawberries and Cream Festival at the Crosby Arboretum, set for Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

That day, admission will be free to the local botanical attraction featuring native plants from South Mississippi.

Crosby Arboretum Director and Assistant Extension Professor of Landscape Architecture for Mississippi State University Extension Service Pat Drackett said a dedication ceremony for Pinecote Pavilion will take place before the Festival at 12:30, where a new sign recognizing the Mississippi landmark will be unveiled. The sign was installed as part of a National Heritage Area Grant, and local dignitaries are expected to be in attendance. State dignitaries have also been invited.

The Strawberries and Cream Festival celebrates the site’s heritage as a Depression era strawberry farm owned by a member of the Crosby family.

Drackett said the event will also feature live bands playing music genres such as Delta blues and folk.

The chilled treats will be served in the visitor’s center, and attendees can then enjoy the free berries and ice cream outside on the pavilion. Picayune Frog Lemonade will also be served.

With the weather warming up, Drackett said the site’s various flowering plants are in bloom, so the event will be a good time to walk the grounds.

The Arboretum is located at 370 Ridge Road.