Andy and Diane Yeaste browse the fudge options at Sweetie's Chocolates Friday, July 17 during the 20th annual Strawberry Feast.

ASHLAND -- The 20th annual Strawberry Feast kicked off Friday at Grandpa's Cheese Barn and Sweeties Chocolates with a variety of strawberry-themed treats. 

The feature of both local businesses is always the food, but from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, customers can purchase cheese, chocolates and more with a strawberry twist. 

There's homemade strawberry shortcake, homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry cheddar cheese and three types of strawberry fudge. Options for the fudge include original strawberry, strawberry lemonade and strawberry cheesecake. 

Andy Yeaste picked out the strawberry cheesecake flavor on Friday, while his wife Diane opted for a package of sea salt caramel fudge. The Ashland couple has attended the feast in previous years, but this year, they brought Diane's mom, Genice Snyder, too. 

"It's great, the only problem is there's too many options," Diane Yeaste said. 

Grandpa's Cheesebarn offers more than 100 different cheeses, meats, jams and more. Sweeties Chocolates features a wide array of candies, chocolates and fudge. On Friday, Sweeties Chocolates offered hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, too.

Marketing director, Christian Abers has previously seen visitors from Canada and California at the annual event. This year, he has interacted with numerous guests who were staying at Mohican or Hocking Hills. 

Throughout the buildings and outside, social distancing markers indicated where people should stand. The ice cream and shortcake were served outside, and numerous tables were added in the space between the two businesses to encourage outdoor dining. Hand sanitizing stations were also set up near building entrances.

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