The summer season in Newark is kicked off by their annual Strawberries on the Square Festival. This year's festival was a huge success. The event included food, especially strawberry shortcake, games, and entertainment. The festival originated about 19 years ago, and has been a popular event in the city since its inception. Residents agree that the festival allows them to visit with neighbors and friends, and kick off the summer in a fun way. The festival ran from Friday, May 31st to Sunday, June 2nd. The event was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Newark.