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Festival food: A weekend that’s easy to stomach

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

At the bright green and yellow lemonade stand at Strawberry Days, Glendon Johnson, better known to Glenwood residents as Mr. Lemon-Aid, was slinging drinks and rhymes like the pro that he is.”Sweet or tart, I’m that smart. If you like it sour, I’ve got the power,” he sang to himself and everyone as he mixed up one of his special, fresh-squeezed lemonades.Johnson makes every single drink to order, whether a customer wants his super sweet or ultra puckered. He’s considered an artiste by many of those who know his work, a perfectionist who’s been practicing his art since 1976 at festivals from the Caribbean to Hawaii. And he’s been coming to Strawberry Days for almost two thirds of that time.

“Next year will be 20 here,” said Johnson.For Johnson, Glenwood is one place he’ll always come back to.”Of all the festivals I’ve ever been to, Glenwood’s my favorite. If I had a million dollars, I’d still come to Glenwood and do lemonade,” Johnson said.”Once the weather gets up into the 80s and 90s, the blinders come on and they don’t see anything else. Just lemonade,” said Johnson with a grin.

Mr. Lemon-Aid has been a staple of Strawberry Days for two decades now, and he’s a good example of the kind of flavor that Strawberry-goers have come to expect.Another such staple is the Kettle Corn tent, where lines often form as early as 10 a.m. Don and Harriet Lincoln, of Larkspur, have been making the five-hour drive to Glenwood every summer for the past 11 years to peddle their Kettle Corn at Strawberry Days, and they’re always in demand.”We have people who tell us they’re here specifically for kettle corn and nothing else,” said Harriet Lincoln, who let her husband, Don, mind the tent while she took a break to eat lunch and talk.The Lincolns got started selling kettle corn because they were “looking for something to do on the road so we could travel,” said Harriet.

So far, kettle corn has taken the Lincolns as far north as the Dakotas (where they first learned of kettle corn), and Texas, where they spend their winters.But like Mr. Lemon-Aid, the Lincolns consider Strawberry Days one of their favorite festivals.”The people are just laid back and friendly here,” said Harriet. “It’s a good show.”Friendly and hungry. By midday on Saturday, the softball field at Sayre Park, where the food court and beer garden was located, was simply packed full of people lining up in front of the various food booths, including the free strawberries and ice cream table.

So what are some local favorites?”Definitely the fry bread,” said Denall Durau, who said the fry bread was so big it took both her and her mother, Lila Simillion, to eat the whole thing.Draper Horten likes the turkey legs. “They’re huge,” he said.Mark Burner loves the raw oysters at Fin’s Raw Bar and Grille tent, but his wife Julie can’t stand them. She prefers gyros.

But whatever your taste, whether it’s pizza, burgers, thai food, burritos or funnel cakes, you’ll find it at Strawberry Days.So dig in.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. 529 jschroyer@postindependent.com

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