Owners from around West Virginia as well as neighboring states, including Ohio and Maryland, traveled to Upshur County for the parade, Long said.
"It's something the public has really taken to," she added. Some of the carriages were available for rides around town.
"I can't tell you how many people came for horse and carriage rides - they were lined up all day," Long said.
She served as the commentator for the event - Long hosts a cable TV public access show - and said that was its own challenge.
"Oh, my goodness; no one ever told me how fast those horses went. The parade wasn't very long because they move quickly," Long said.
Of course, the reason for the festival is to highlight Upshur County's long tradition of growing strawberries, so the fruit takes center stage in a number of activities, not the least of which is crowning a Strawberry King, an honor that is bestowed on the largest grower in the area.
"This year, our king is Steve Butler from Upshur County," Long said. "And he will have his berries there for auction."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.