Events & Attractions
Events and Attractions
Strawberry Tart Toss
11:00am and 2:30pm daily Ready set goooooooo!!! In your face fun at the Contest Area. Sign up 30 minutes prior to each event, entry fee $1.
Strawberry Pie Eating
1:00pm and 4:00pm daily
A timed challenge you can really sink your teeth into. Contestants are challenged to devour every last bite of a yummy strawberry pie — no fork or spoon allowed.
Strawberry Relay Race
Berry Best Hat Contest,
Getaway vacation for two courtesy of Welk Resorts. A wonderful three-day, two night stay at a fabulous Welk Resorts villa in San Diego or Palm Springs and a complimentary dining experience for two at Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard.
Put the Kentucky Derby to shame with your own berry-creation bonnet. Attend the Festival with sensational strawberry “bling” on your crown, and you could win. The contest gets underway at 3:00pm with a stunning parade on the Festival Stage with the crowd cheering you on. Must be 18 or older and check in by 2:00pm at the Community Connections booth — limited to the first 50 sign ups. Click here for official rules.
Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest
Kids win: Free membership and four weeks of classes courtesy of My Gym Ventura, a full portrait session with Toki Lee Photography with an 11X14 portrait and the corresponding digital file, a gift certificate for the choice of one grown up and one child cape courtesy of SuperCapes.com, and custom clothing from Rubina-Designs.com.
Parents win: Courtesy of VenturaCountyWest, an overnight stay at the luxurious Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort, Oxnard’s only oceanfront resort. Two-room suite features complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails. Additionally, from Herzog Wine Cellars, a dinner for two at their award-winning Tierra Sur restaurant.
For kids up to 4 years of age. Attend dressed in your most fetching berry attire. The contest parade gets underway at 3:30pm at the “Jest In Time Family Fun Stage.” Must check in by 2:30pm at the Community Connections booth — limited to the first 50 sign ups. Click here for official rules.
Strawberry Shortcake Build Off Contest
Now there’s a contest where contestants who build the tallest strawberry shortcake are rewarded for their mastery. The contest is open to patrons 15 years or older. Four contestants will be given three minutes to assemble the tallest shortcake creation that must remain standing. Contest times are 12:45pm, 2:45pm and 4:45pm. The crowd determines the winner. Prizes include a coupon for a free strawberry shortcake. Yum!
Keep an eye out for our super contests via facebook.com/californiastrawberryfestival and you could be a winner!
Serving up a medley of tunes to suit any musical taste, two stages will be jammin’ throughout the weekend with a variety of stunning concert performances.
Dr. Kato Stage
Award-Winning Arts and Crafts
More than 200 artists and crafters from across the nation showcase their original works with a festive array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, children’s toys, accessories, photography, textiles, outdoor furniture, jewelry, and more. The fun is in the discovery and the chance to visit with the artists and also get items personalized for that special someone. Nestled amidst the booths, youngsters will enjoy the hand’s on “Kids Interactive Berry Craft Patch” where they can make & take crafts and enter to win prizes.
Strawberryland for Kids
Kids rule in this magical oasis where youngsters have a multitude of enhanced rides and attractions to choose from (cost $1 each). Favorites include the bungee bounce, climbing wall, berry go whirl, mini train, and more. The new Polar Bear slide will add to the thrills. Everyone’s berry best friend, Strawberry Shortcake is the official reigning princess of Strawberryland For Kids, greeting her pals and giving hugs to friends.
The Jest In Time Family Fun Stage
Limitless laughter abounds with non-stop live performances on stage throughout the day under the tented bigtop. From jugglers and clowns to puppet and magic shows, and more. It’s also the location for the hugely popular “Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest” happening at Saturday/Sunday 3:30pm where infants ages up to 4 years of age who attend dressed in festive strawberry attire can win prizes for both kids and parents. Sign-up at least one hour prior at the Community Connections booth.
Celebrate Strawberry Shortcake’s 35th birthday! As the reigning princess of Strawberryland For Kids, Strawberry will be spreading happiness with Festival patrons, who can look forward to a new season of “Strawberry
Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures” this June on Discovery Family. After exploring the fun of the Strawberry Festival, keep the excitement going by downloading Strawberry’s new “Food Fair” app from Budge. Be sure to say hello and “like” Strawberry on Facebook, too, at www.Facebook.com/StrawberryShortcake!
Jam-packed with all things berry, this tented oasis brings strawberries straight from the field to you with exhibits, celebrity cooking demonstrations and engaging presentations. Saturday, the strawberry smack down gets underway when finalists from the popular “Berry Blast Off” recipe contest prepare their dishes in a quest for the a grand prize holiday getaway. Ongoing festivities throughout the day add to the Festival experience.
Offering some fun eco-wise ways to be kinder on the environment this haven for all things green boasts interactive displays that help our planet. Check out the centrally located area housing displays for FOOD Share, and other green-minded organizations.
In 2004 the California Strawberry Festival received the “Waste Watch” award for its sustainable “green” event practices with recycling and operational priorities.
2013 “Green” results:
• 35,000 people took advantage of the free park ‘n’ ride shuttle to get to the Festival. • 200 pounds of food was donated to FOOD Share. • 10 tons of materials were recycled and diverted from landfills.
Kids Care Zone
Located within Strawberryland For Kids and designed with parents in mind, this helpful area features a nursing station, a baby changing area and also serves as “Lost and Found” for kids and items. Kids Are 1st offers free fingerprinting IDs for youngsters.