Contests

A multitude of engaging activities let you enjoy the celebration by joining in the experience.

Contest Area presented by Coca Cola

California Strawberry Sponsor
Strawberry Festival Community Connection

Contests at the Festival


Strawberry Tart Toss

Strawberry Tart Toss

11:00am and 2:30pm
Ready set goooooo! Take aim for in your face fun.


Strawberry Pie Eating

Strawberry Pie Eating

1:00pm and 4:00pm
A timed challenge you can really sink your teeth into. Devour every last bite of strawberry pie, sans utensils. Available to contestants 13 years of age or older.


Strawberry Relay

Strawberry Relay

5:00pm
You and a teammate go through a series of obstacles to assemble and then consume, a strawberry dish in record time.


Berry Best Hat Contest Berry Best Hat Contest

Berry Best Hat Contest

Presented by Rubbermaid

3:00pm at the Strawberry Promenade
Create your own berry bonnet that puts the Kentucky Derby to shame and parade your strawberry style for the judges. Sign up at the Strawberry Promenade 30 minutes prior. Must be at least 15 years of age.

Grand prize for the most creative: Two night stay in a resort view suite at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort in Oxnard, and a dining experience at the award-winning Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars.


Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Presented by Smart & Final

3:30pm at the Jest In Time Family Fun Stage
Open to infants up to four years of age. Youngsters, with the help of their parents, parade across the stage to garner “oohs and aahs” from the crowd. All participants receive recognition. Sign up at the Jest In Time Family Fun Stage 30 minutes prior.

Grand prize awarded for the best presentation: $50 gift card to Smart & Final, a photo session courtesy of Toki Lee Photography, a beautiful Downtown Tote Mini from Petunia Pickle Bottom, and a dining experience at the award-winning Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars.

 


Strawberry Shortcake Build Off Contest Strawberry Shortcake Build Off Contest

Strawberry Shortcake Build Off Contest

Presented by Smart & Final

12:45pm; 2:45pm; 4:45pm at the elevated stage adjacent to the Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake Tent in the main food court
Who can build the most massive strawberry shortcake with all the trimmings? Four contestants are given two minutes to assemble their outlandish creation that must remain standing. The winner receives coupon for free strawberry shortcake and a gift certificate from Smart & Final. Go to the location 30 minutes prior to each contest to enter your name into a drawing for participation. Must be at least 15 years of age.

Pre-Festival Contests


Berry Best Photo Contest on Facebook

Berry Best Photo Contest on Facebook

Submit your favorite photo of the California Strawberry Festival and you could win free tickets to attend the Festival. Weekly winners. Click here for details


Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Presented by Ventura County Star

Get set for the duel of the two top finalists as they compete for the prize of the berry best no-bake strawberry dish for this year’s 2016 Festival.

The Berry Blast Off Recipe Championship Saturday, May 21st in the Strawberry Promenade will determine who will win a berry blissful Welks Resorts vacation getaway and Cutco Knife set.

Congratulations to our two finalists who made the final cut to compete after the  five semi-finalist round from all the participants. Cheer them on discover new and innovative ways to dine with strawberries.

*Lemongrass Strawberry Shrimp Crisps on pickled pepper & strawberry avocado mash with strawberry sriracha drizzle, by Merry Graham of Newhall.

*Crostini with Burrata and Strawberry Bacon Jam, by Sandy Yagyu of Pacific Grove.

All contestants who submitted a recipe were awarded a free ticket to this year’s Festival (limited to one person/one per family/one per residence).

Click here for contest rules

Previous Winners Recipes

2013 Winner – Strawberry Coconut No-Bake Tiramisu

2014 Winner – Spicy Strawberry Five Spice Chicken Wings 

2015 Winner A – Strawberry Vinaigrette Marinated Bacon Steak Spinach Salad

2015 Winner B – Steamed Strawberry Coconut Poke Cake


Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Congratulations to 12-year-old Luz Gonzalez from Robert Frank Intermediate School in Oxnard, our wonderful 2016 winner (pictured here with her classmates). Her design was chosen from 1,445 submissions. Each year, Festival organizers reach out to school districts throughout Ventura County inviting teachers and their K-6th grade students to create a colorful strawberry design as part of a study plan about the region’s rich agricultural heritage. Students with the top creations receive recognition and prizes and all participating youths get a free ticket to the Festival. Contact the Festival office to get your school involved.


Official Poster Contest

Official Poster Contest

Watercolorist Eileen Maloney of Camarillo combined her passion for vibrant colors with her love of strawberries to capture the coveted honor as winner of the 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival Poster Contest with the grand prize of $2,000. Her captivating creation will adorn Festival posters, T-shirts and collectible merchandise available at the souvenir tent.

To check out the posters since 1984 click here

Download application here