Strawberries smushed into desserts or picked off the vine – either can be found at Mead Hall on Saturday.


The Episcopal school will host the annual Strawberry Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its St. Thaddeus campus.


Gurosik’s Berry Plantation in North Augusta is providing the strawberries.


“We are going to fill their orders, no matter what,” said Clyde Gurosik, plantation co-owner.


Gurosik and his wife Marilyn have worked with the Parent Teacher Organization, the group behind the festival, for many years, providing “fresh ripen, supersweet” strawberries every time, he said.


The couple picks the strawberries from their fields the evening before and delivers them the morning of the event.


“They will guaranteed be luscious, juicy and extremely flavorful,” Gurosik said.


They opened up their North Augusta location in 1981 but have dealt with strawberries their whole lives. Gurosik said one of his earliest memories involved his family’s strawberry field in Pennsylvania.


The couple has more sites and hosts school tours. For more information, visit www.gurosiksberryplantation.com.


A festival tradition that will return is the homemade strawberry pound cake and strawberry ice cream. The pound cake is from an old church recipe, while the ice cream is made with a secret recipe, according to Dana Massey, festival chair.


“It’s the best you will ever eat,” she said.


In keeping with the strawberry theme, there will be the pie-eating contest. A bit different than in years past, the pie-eating contest will have contestants eating dishes of pie filling – strawberry flavored, of course. The contest will be divided into age groups, Massey said.


But strawberries are not the only food available at the Strawberry Festival. Hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, frozen casseroles and baked goods will also be available.


Food is not the only part of this “family-friendly event,” according to Massey.


A rock climbing wall, carnival games and inflatables are among the other things to enjoy. The Game Dudes truck will be parked on site, and students will perform in the “Mead Hall’s Got Talent” show.


“Mead Hall and St. Thaddeus have many wonderful people. The festival is a beautiful, safe Christian environment with lots of great people and great activities,” Gurosik said. “I urge people to pick up their children and go have a fun time.”


Festival admission is free. To play the games, tickets can be purchased for each game or a wristband for unlimited game playing can be bought for $15.


All money raised goes toward updating the school’s technology, Massey said.


The school is at 129 Pendleton St. S.W.