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Roseville's BerryFest returns as a free street fair

Smaller weekend event highlights strawberry harvest

Plenty of fresh strawberries will be sold, and consumed,
this weekend at BerryFest. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Remember Roseville's Strawberry Festival? In the time before Covid-19, it was a huge celebration -- the size of a county fair -- coincidentally held at the Placer County Fairgrounds on Mother's Day weekend. Attendance routinely was about 25,000.

The sweet event comes back this weekend for the first time in three years, but in a smaller way: BerryFest 2022 will be a free street fair/farmers market, with plenty of vendors, some traditional events and, of course, lots and lots of strawberries.

Downtown Roseville -- specifically the 300 block of Vernon Street -- will be the center of the action, with a beer garden, the Strawberry Stage, a dozen food booths, more than 40 craft booths and about two dozen farmers' stands. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8. Parking is free on Vernon Street, Atlantic Street and in the nearby parking garage.

The Little Miss Strawberry Pageant is among the returning events, at 11 a.m. Saturday. The strawberry shortcake eating contest, another classic, also will be held. Strolling entertainment and community performances are among other highlights.

Organizers promise to bring back the full-size event in 2023.

-- Kathy Morrison


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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