OWEGO (WBNG) -- Thousands of people came out Friday for the first day of Owego's annual Strawberry Festival.
It has been a tradition in Owego for the past 37 years.
"What's wrong with strawberries? Nothing! It celebrates a crop that we're known for," Ron Pasto of Owego said.
The annual Strawberry festival kicked off Friday at 5 p.m. in downtown Owego. Thousands come each year for entertainment, food, and the strawberries.
Robert Grannis and his father have been supplying strawberries for the festival for the past 37 years.
"To have my strawberries being sold here for the past 30 years, I take a lot of pride in that and I'm very passionate about the home-grown produce," Grannis said.
Vendors lined downtown selling food, desserts, and crafts. Many found creative ways to integrate strawberries into their dishes or drinks.
"Being Owego's brewery it's a no-brainer that we're going to be here, and then the first year we decided to make a strawberry beer for the strawberry fest and we've been making it ever since," Mart Mattrazzo, owner of Farmhouse Brewery said.
Many love the tradition and take pride in the community.
"You get to see people you haven't seen in a while its a great feeling it just shows that we live in a wonderful small community," Matthew Alder, a member of the Owego Rotary Club said.
The festival continues Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.