This Saturday is Strawberry Festival time!

David Senior heads the men's group cooking up hot dogs and brats.BY SUSAN HANAFEE – Not sailing or fishing, but cutting up strawberries, sorting through bargains and books, gathering auction items; it’s the mission of the Boca Grande United Methodist Church as its members and friends prepare for Saturday’s 18th annual Strawberry Festival.

The festival begins at 9 a.m. on March 5 in the Crowninshield House, which will be filled with bargains and boutique items. On the Community Center grounds, festival goers will find the Book Nook, Dazzling Jewelry Digs, the chance to bid on more than 50 Silent Auction items, grilled hot dogs, a large bake sale and brats – and, of course, strawberry shortcake topped with whipped cream. Children’s activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The festival will begin to wind down at 2 p.m., when the Live Auction begins. More than 15 items, including artwork, fabulous trips and specialty objects like an autographed football by Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney will be up for bid.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun while helping the United Methodist Women support more than 20 local and international charities that benefit women and children in need.