53rd annual Strawberry Festival kicks off today on Monument Circle

The Strawberry Festival is an annual celebration of the summer fruit that is held on the second Thursday of June. (WTHR Photo / Anna Carrera)
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) — It's that time of year again! Indy's Annual Strawberry Festival, now in it's 53rd year!

Back in 1965, the women of the Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle made 100 homemade shortcakes to sell on the lawn for the first festival.

All 100 shortcakes sold in less than two hours!

The event was held on a Thursday night to take advantage of J.C. Penney department store hours.

The festival continues to be held on the second Thursday of June to this day.

This year, more than 300 volunteers and nearly 20,000 shortcakes will be available.

'The Works' is their signature shortcake creation. It includes traditional strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping on a shortcake biscuit for $7. Variations of your choosing are also available for less.

Carryout begins at 8:30 this morning, entertainment begins at 10 and the event goes until 4 p.m. or until they run out.

But, there is a catch if you want one. It's a cash only event.

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