Bedford’s First Congregational Church, 25 Great Road, will celebrate summer with its 70th Strawberry Festival to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 17. This popular outdoor event will feature strawberry shortcakes on sale, rain or shine. Enjoy fresh strawberries, old fashioned biscuits and Bedford Farms vanilla ice cream, topped with homemade chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Hot fudge sundaes will also be available. Prices range from $5 to $7, with discounts for military, first responders, health-care workers, and teachers.