Sweet Strawberry Streak


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Tyler Harvey, of Troy, gobbles down a strawberry pie in the mens 18 and older heat of the pie eating contest Saturday during the 2015 Troy Strawberry Festival. Harvey said it was his 8th victory during the strawberry festival event.

TROY — It’s a strawberry streak that just can’t be beat.

Troy’s Tyler Harvey swept yet another Troy Strawberry Festival pie eating contest in the adult male category inhaling nearly two pounds of strawberry pie filling in a minute’s time.

“It’s my eighth time winning!” said Harvey as he wiped off strawberry pie filling from his face. “I come and do this every year.”

Chuck Maus, from Hamilton, participated in the pie eating contest and finished a close second place to Harvey’s win.

“I come up here every year to do this and each year (Harvey) beats me, — I’m so close!” Maus said. Maus said he and his family make the drive north to Troy’s festival each year for the Cajun food and fun festival activities.

“It’s a nice place to visit. We spend the whole day here. It’s a great festival to bring the kids to,” he said.

Troy’s Harrietta Gillis took her chance in the adult female pie-eating contest as her granddaughter Khloe Horn watched from her stroller.

Although Gillis didn’t win, she said the Troy Strawberry Festival is special to her and her family.

“We come every year. It’s family time. Khloe wanted to watch me do this so I did it for her,” Gillis said. “She’s looking forward to seeing the fountain turn pink.”

Centerville resident Justin Heverly made the drive up to the festival to enjoy the summer day with his wife, Amber, and their two children.

“We’ve never been here and wanted to spend the day outdoors,”said Heverly as he helped his son eat strawberry shortcake from the Troy Senior Citizens. “We had friends that have been up here so we thought we would check it out. It’s been a good time. Lots of food. And people.”

The Heverly’s said they waited in line for almost 25 minutes for the Troy Music Band Boosters famous strawberry doughnuts. By the end of Saturday evening, a line of nearly 700 people snaked around the Troy Memorial Stadium.

For more festival photos, see Page B4.

Sunday events

Berry Bike Tour — 7:30 a.m. behind Troy High School

Classic 10K Run and Shortcake Special Run — 7:30 a.m. Duke Park

Cruise-in — 8 a.m. Market Street Bridge

Megan Osman — 11 a.m. Prouty Plaza stage

Diaper Derby — noon, lower levee

Booths open — Food, crafts and games — 10 a.m., downtown Troy and levee

Home. Grown. Talent — 12:30 p.m. Prouty Plaza stage

Corn Toss Tournament — 1 p.m. Troy Memorial Stadium

Super Kids — 1 p.m. Troy Memorial Stadium

Five Points Cloggers — 1:30 p.m. lower levee stage

Rip Rap Band — 2:15 p.m. lower levee stage

One Eye Whiskey — 3:15 p.m. Prouty Plaza stage

Lauren Kelly — 3:15 p.m. lower levee stage

Car Show Awards — 4:30 p.m. Market Street Bridge

Electrobeck — 4:30 p.m. Prouty Plaza stage

Bolted Down — 4:30 p.m. lower levee stage

Festival closes at 6 p.m.

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