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Mattituck Strawberry Festival 2018 photos

The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival is the granddaddy of all berry fests, running for four days and drawing thousands to the rural farmland grounds of Mattituck each year. Here are highlights of the rides, strawberry treats, entertainment and more at the 2018 festival.

Contestents compete during the World Strawberry Shortcake Eating
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Contestents compete during the World Strawberry Shortcake Eating Championship at the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Saturday.

Taking 3rd place, Gideon Oji from Zaria, Nigeria
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Gideon Oji from Zaria, Nigeria, took third place after eating 14 pounds of strawberry shortcake in eight minutes during the World Strawberry Shortcake Eating Championship at the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Saturday.

Taking 2nd place, Geoffrey Esper from Oxford, MA
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Geoffrey Esper from Oxford, Mass, took second place after eating 20 pounds of strawberry shortcake in eight minutes during the World Strawberry Shortcake Eating Championship at the 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Strawberry Queen Teagan Nine, 16, of Mattituck meets
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Strawberry Queen Teagan Nine, 16, of Mattituck meets Isabella Varelakis, 6, from Massapeaqua Park during the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Saturday.

Strawberry Queen runner up Gabrielle Finora, 16, of
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Strawberry Queen runner up Gabrielle Finora, 16, of Mattituck, left, and Strawberry Queen Teagan Nine, 16, of Mattituck walk the grounds during the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival on Saturday.

from left, Strawberry Queen runner up Gabrielle Finora,
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Strawberry Queen runner up Gabrielle Finora, 16, of Mattituck, left, Jillian Gaffga, 16, of Mattituck, Emiliann Palermo, 16, of Southold, Courtney Trzcinski, 17, of Cutchogue, and Strawberry Queen Teagan Nine, 16, of Mattituck, and the 2017 Strawberry Queen Ashley Hilary, 17, of Southold during the ceremony during the 2018 Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival on Saturday.

Tamia Bell, 8, of Mastic meets the 2018
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Tamia Bell, 8, of Mastic meets the 2018 Strawberry Queen Teagan Nine, 16, of Mattituck during the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival on Saturday.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
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The 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival continued in Mattituck on Saturday.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

In addition to strawberry treats of every kind, the festival had lots of carnival rides Saturday.

One of the carnival rides at the 64th
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A ride in full swing at the festival on Saturday.

Tamia Bell, 8, of Mastic and her sister
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Tamia Bell, 8, of Mastic and her sister Annelise, 3 months, at the festival on Saturday.

Quarts of strawberries from Latham's Farm in Orient
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Quarts of strawberries from Latham's Farm in Orient on Saturday.

Quarts of strawberries from Latham's Farm in Orient
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Berries by the bushel (OK, quarts, actually) from Latham's Farm at the Mattituck festival on Saturday.

A family visits one of the vendors at
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An entrance to Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Saturday.

A family visits one of the vendors at
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This year's Strawberry Festival was the 64th rendition of the popular event.

A family visits one of the vendors at
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A family at one of the vendors at the festival on Saturday.

Elizabeth Catalono, 4, of Blue Point visits Sully,
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Elizabeth Catalono, 4, of Blue Point pets Sully, a service dog from the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown on Saturday.

Chocolate dipped strawberries at the 64th Annual Mattituck
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Does it get any better than chocolate-dipped strawberries on a beautiful Saturday?

Mitchell Etter of East Quogue takes a bite
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Mitchell Etter of East Quogue takes a bite of the — what else? — strawberry shortcake on Saturday.

A Lions club volunteer prepares shrawberry shortcake at
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A Lions Club volunteer adds the essential whipped cream to strawberry shortcakes on Saturday.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
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Mounds of crimson strawberries are hard to resist at the festival on Saturday.

A Lions club volunteer prepares shrawberry shortcake at
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A Lions Club volunteer prepares strawberry shortcake on Saturday.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The Ferris wheel at the festival in Mattituck on Saturday.

One of the carnival rides at the 64th
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A carnival ride soars on a sunny Saturday.

Quarts of strawberries from Latham's Farm in Orient
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Quarts of cherries — nah, just kiddin' — strawberries of course, at their eponymous festival in Mattituck on Saturday.

Lions club volunteers work on chocolate dipped strawberries
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Lions Club volunteers work on chocolate-dipped strawberries on Saturday.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
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It wasn't just strawberries at the festival — attendees on Thursday enjoy rides.

People get to taste a strawberry daiquiris freshly
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Strawberry daiquiris are freshly made on Thursday.

People get to taste a strawberry daiquiris freshly
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There is a lot to taste at the festival on Thursday.

Brooke Kestler, 5, of Mattituck jumps into the
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Brooke Kestler, 5, of Mattituck, flies high at the festival on Thursday.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
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The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday.

A lite fireworks show at the 64th Annual
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Fireworks entertain the crowsds on Thursday.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
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The sky offers a dramatic backdrop for riders at the festival on Thursday.

Lion Club members wash the berries at the
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Lion Club members wash the berries at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Strawberries hulled at the annual hulling night at
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Strawberries hulled at the annual hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Courtney Kruk, 17, of Southold hulls strawberries at
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Courtney Kruk, 17, of Southold hulls strawberries at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Maci Locrotondo, 17 months from Southold gets a
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Maci Locrotondo, 17 months, of Southold gets a bird's-eye view from her dad Danny at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Friends gather to hull stawberries during hulling night
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Friends gather to hull strawberries during hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Lion Club members wash the berries at the
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Lion Club members wash the berries at the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
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The 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Andrew Vlassio of Franklin Square takes a flight
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Andrew Vlassio of Franklin Square takes a flight upon a bumble bee ride at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Friends gather to hull stawberries during hulling night
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Friends gather to hull strawberries during hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

The 64th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
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The 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Friends and families gather to hull stawberries during
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Friends and families gather to hull strawberries during hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Friends and families gather to hull stawberries during
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Friends and families gather to hull strawberries during hulling night at the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

From left, Rylie Kruk, 5, Ava Wilinski, 5,
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From left, Rylie Kruk, 5, Ava Wilinski, 5, Kaylee Wilinski, 6, and Alexa Pollina, 6, all from Southold, have fun hulling strawberries at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Leo Club members cleanup after hulling night at
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Leo Club members clean up after hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Ying Zhen Li shows her son Jay Chen,
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Ying Zhen Li shows her son Jay Chen, 10, how to hull a strawberry during hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Chateau Bulter, right, of Middle Island and her
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Chateau Bulter and her niece Stori McKail, 2, both of Middle Island, attend the first day at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

A bucket of starwberries at hulling night at
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A bucket of strawberries at hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Dion Lynch of Mattituck takes a bite of
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Dion Lynch of Mattituck takes a bite of a strawberry at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Friends Mary Grace Finora, left, from Laurel and
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Friends Mary Grace Finora, left, of Laurel and Ellen Santacroce of Cutchogue at hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Friends pay a water game during the 64th
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Friends play a water game during the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Hampton Bays Lions Club Leos hull strawberries the
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Hampton Bays Lions Club Leos hull strawberries the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Friends gather to hull stawberries during hulling night
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Friends gather to hull strawberries at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Ying Zhen Li shows her son Jay Chen,
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Ying Zhen Li shows her son Jay Chen, 10, how to hull a strawberry during hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

A pallet of starwberries get delivered for the
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A pallet of strawberries is delivered for hulling night at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Leo Club members from Mattituck and Southold High
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Leo Club members from Mattituck and Southold high schools bring strawberries that need to be hulled at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Thursday, June 14, 2018. About 120,000 berries will be hulled.

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