If there’s one thing the people of Deer Lake have perfected over the years it’s the ability to find a sense of community.
The town supports its own and the annal summer festival is always a testament to the strength a community can have.
The annual celebration is centred around strawberries, the berry that’s ripening around this time of year and one which has become synonymous with the area for visitors looking for sweet, fresh produce. While the strawberry may not be the lifeblood of the area, there’s no part of the province that has called the berry its own like the Humber region has, and Deer Lake leads that charge.
Of course, the Strawberry festival is not just about strawberries, as the Salmon festival is not just about fish.
If you were in Deer Lake over the weekend, you likely experienced the array of musical acts that delighted the crowds on hand. Maybe you went for the kids’ events, which ranged in everything from a reptile show to a clown act, and vendors and games of chance.
Perhaps it was the nightly social aspect of the Strawberry Festival and revelry which follows when friends connect following a time apart.
And that idea of friendship, of mingling, reminiscing and human interaction is really the Strawberry Festival’s greatest asset and strength.
People coming together to celebrate together is what close-knit communities do best.
Deer Lake is a shiny example of this as anyone who attended the weekend Strawberry Festival can certainly confirm.