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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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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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