The fifth-annual Wish Farms and Monte Package Company Strawberry Picking Challenge drew hundreds to Futch Farms. The charity event raised funds for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, a nonprofit that provides childcare and early education for children of migrant farm workers and rural low-income families, and gave attendees the chance to compete against their peers in a relay-style strawberry picking race.
Those with a less-competitive spirit were able to participate in a u-pick event where they picked baskets of the sweet strawberries to take home with them. Attendees enjoyed a barbecue lunch, fresh strawberry shortcake, cornhole, photo opportunities and performances by Next Radical Generation. Children also were drawn for the highly-anticipated strawberry shortcake eating contest, where the winner walked away with tickets to the 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival.