Strawberry Festivals



Visit any one of these strawberry festivals and spend the weekend learning about old-fashioned hometown traditions and community spirit.

Starting in early spring of each year, towns across the United States and Canada host harvest festivals celebrating the strawberry (among other crops). Below you'll find a list of just some of these special events. While some of these festivals have already taken place, most plan their activities on the same weekend each year. So if you've missed out on the celebrations this year, you can use this as a guide and mark your calendars for next season.

Strawberry Festival Troy, Ohio

Find the festival in your area and make it a goal to take part. You'll rediscover the joys of small town living and in most cases, will be supporting local charities and community projects.

Have fun and ENJOY!

Canada

Caledon Strawberry Festival and Canada Day Celebration
Pick your own strawberries at this FREE event. Located north of Brampton, Ontario, just 40 minutes from downtown Toronto, this festival gets under way with a Strawberry Pancake Breakfast. There's fun for the whole family with lots of "berry" good food and plenty of live entertainment. Celebrate Canada's birthday at this unique festival. For more information log on to: www.downeysfarm.on.ca and discover what's new at the Downeys' family farm.

The Ronathahon:ni Cultural Centre
The Ronathahon:ni Cultural Centre holds their annual Strawberry Social in June. The Strawberry Social is complete with music, food, craft and art vendors, kids games, raffles and more! Fun for the whole family! For more information please log on to their website www.ronathahonni.com.

Midwest

Lafayette, Indiana
YWCA Strawberry Fest - Every year in June.
The 18th Annual YWCA Strawberry Festival held in 2004, supported the YWCA's efforts to: end domestic violence, eliminate financial barriers so all women have access to cancer screenings, provide quality childcare, and help people improve their health and fitness. The Fest features a 5K Run/Walk for all ages, a 1K Kids' Fun Run, craft booths, games, tennis tournament, pony rides, and lots of strawberries!

Crawfordsville, Indiana
www.thestrawberryfestival.com
This festival takes place annually during the second weekend in June on the grounds of the Henry S. Lane Place located at 212 S. Water Street. Activities include a talent contest, live entertainment, food vendors, antique cars, classic farm equipment and craft booths.
For more information log on to www.thestrawberryfestival.com

Long Grove, Illinois
Located just 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Long Grove, Illinois hosts a strawberry festival in late June of each year. Enjoy an old fashioned food and entertainment experience in this historic town setting.

Belleville, Illinois
Located just 20 minutes east of St. Louis, Missouri, this small city holds its strawberry festival in May. Enjoy the French-German influences in this classic celebration.

Norwalk, Ohio
The Norwalk Jaycees sponser this event each Memorial Day Weekend. Located in northeastern Ohio, this festival includes rides, food, crafts. entertainment, annual Berry 5k Run, sports tournament, parade and more!
Join in the fun and learn more at www.norwalkjaycees.org.

Troy, Ohio
Two hundred fifty thousand people participate in this event sponsored by the Troy, Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Located one hour north of Cincinnati, in southeastern Ohio, this festival is held the first weekend in June. Beginning in 1980 as a major fundraiser for community projects, the strawberry festival includes live entertainment, sports competitions and plenty of food booths.
For more information, click onto www.troyohiochamber.com.

Belleville, Michigan
The Belleville National Strawberry Festival was founded in 1976 and is held each Fathers' Day weekend. Attracting over 100,000 participants, this event strives to promote local strawberry crops. Admission is free and includes entrance into live entertainment activities, rides, competitions and more!

West Coast

Oxnard, California
Voted favorite family festival by LA Parent Magazine, this strawberry festival as been taking place annually on the the third weekend in May for twenty years.
For more information contact csf@strawberry-fest.org.

Garden Grove, California
Beginning in 1958, this strawberry festival is held each Memorial Day weekend with proceeds benefitting local charities.
Contact info@strawberryfestival.org for more information.

Camp Mather, Yosemite National Park
This strawberry music festival has been going strong for twenty-three years. Held twice a year on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, this event provides over 30 hours of musical presentations. If camping and music are activities you enjoy, then don't miss out on this experience. Located on Camp Mather in Yosemite National Park, this festival is one to participate in.
Write to: Strawberry Music, P.O. Box 565, Sonora, California for details.

South

Pasadena, Texas
This festival boasts the largest strawberry shortcake. With it's BBQ cookoff, childrens' pavilion, arts and crafts and live entertainment, the strawberry fest is one you'll want to visit. Contact Bert Muston: bert@strawberryfest.org for more information including dates and time.

Poteet, Texas
This Texas town, located 20 minutes south of San Antonio, held its 57th annual festival in 2004. Future dates are April 8-10, 2005 and April 7-9, 2006. Mark your calendars and book your travel arrangements. This is one festival you won't want to miss. Contact nharvey@texas.net for more information.

Plant City, Florida
Great weather conditions allow this festival to take place in early March of each year. Dating back to 1930, the festival celebrates an American tradition, the community fair. Located between Tampa and Orlando, Plant City boasts over 5,000 acres of strawberries and 2,600 farms producing $400 million dollars in produce. This festival attracts tens of thousands and I'm sure you'll want to check out the festivities. Log on to www.flstrawberryfestival.com for more information. Dates this year are March 2-12, 2006.

Dayton, Tennessee

Established on May 24, 1947 as a one-day festival sponsored by the Dayton Lions Club, the Tennessee Strawberry Festival has grown into a 10 day long extravaganza, jam-packed with a myriad variety of events and activities sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. This year's festival kicks off with a pageant on April 30th, 2005 but the real celebration takes place between May 10th - 14th. Once known as the “Strawberry Capital of the World”, Rhea County’s local strawberry crop produced about four million quarts of the luscious berries each year. Join the folks in Dayton this year, as they celebrate their 58th annual Strawberry Festival. For more information, log on to their website at www.tnstrawberryfestival.com.

Pacific Northwest

Lebanon, Oregon
Founded in 1909, this festival boasts the "World's Largest Strawberry Shortcake" and promotes the area's strawberry industry. Held the first full weekend in June, the festival kicks off with a parade led by the infamous shortcake. This year's recipe includes 350 lbs. of flour, 27 lbs. of baking powder, 325 lbs. of sugar, 225 gallons of milk, 125 lbs. of shortening, 4 quarts of flavoring, 3 lbs. of salt, and 196 lbs. of eggs. Top that off with 300 gallons of soft ice cream and 3 tons of strawberries! You've got to see it to believe it!

While I haven't highlighted other festivals, I know that they exist. If you've visited any of these (or other) festivals and you want to write your comments, please submit them to me by filling out this form and I'll publish them in a newsletter or on the site.

Until then...ENJOY!




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