Strawberry Festival begins today

Stacy Roberts, an employee for Albanese Concessions in Hilliard, prepares to distribute lemonade, grilled cheese and more at the 2015 Strawberry Festival in downtown London. The festival will kick off Thursday at 11 a.m., and run from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Vendors were out and about in downtown London Wednesday afternoon preparing for the 2015 Strawberry Festival, which kicks off Thursday in downtown London.

Here is the schedule for Thursday:

7 a.m. — Non-food vendors and tents set up

10:30 a.m. to noon — Contest registration and check in: largest homegrown strawberry, toy building, shoebox float, window decorating, house decorating, yard decorating, story and poetry, coloring, art, photogenic, cake and cookie decorating, at the Information Booth

10:45 a.m. — Opening Ceremony and National Anthem by Michaela Thompson

10:50 a.m. — Stage practice for Shortcakes, Little, Young, Junior and Miss contestants

11 a.m. — Festival opens and all vendors open

11:30 a.m. — Modeling contest at the Main Stage

4 p.m. — Second Story Anthem at the Main Stage

4-8 p.m. — Sports heroes autograph sessions.

6 p.m. — Simba Jordan at the Main Stage

6:20 p.m. — Miss Shortcake Contest, check in by 5:45 p.m., Simba Jordan and Danielle Combs co-hosting

6:30 p.m. — Royalty contest for Little, Young, Junior and Queen at Main Stage

7-8:30 p.m. — Sighless Sunday at the Strawberry Stage

10:30 p.m. — Close