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Pre-Events


Enter the 2015 California Strawberry Festival Poster Contest and take home a $2,000 cash prize

Here’s a fruitful proposition for aspiring Rembrandts. Entries are currently being accepted for the Official Poster Contest of the 32nd annual celebration with a prize purse of $2,000 and four VIP event passes awarded to the winner. The entry deadline is Monday, January 5, 2015 in what has become a popular tradition to showcase each season since the Festival began in 1984.

As a revered symbol of the annual strawberry celebration, the poster will be available for purchase event weekend and the design will also adorn collectible T-shirts and promotional items when the seasonal celebration gets underway in Oxnard May 16 and 17, 2015 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park.

Open to all who wish to share their artistic expression, submissions will be viewed by a judging panel looking for creativity and best use of theme while paying tribute to Ventura County’s unique landscape. No more than two entry submissions accepted for consideration from each artist.

All original art work for consideration must be 16.5” wide and 17” high, centered and mounted on a black matte board 18.5” wide and 19” high. The finished product must be reproduction compatible and void of any writing, including the date (the year and event logo will be inserted in production). Contact name on completed form with information should be easily viewed on the back. Prior to the deadline and without exception, entries can be mailed or hand delivered to the Festival office 1661 Pacific Avenue #15, Oxnard, CA 93033. (805-385-4739). The winner will be notified by within two weeks of the deadline. Posters will not be returned and must be picked up from the Festival office any time after the fourth week of JanuaryThe winning original design and all rights of the winning design will become the property of the California Strawberry Festival.

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Muralist Traci Adams created the “berry” original artwork for last year’s California Strawberry Festival Poster Contest.

View our poster gallery below.

Poster Collection

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The Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest


Presented by the Ventura County Star

 

 

 

Congratulations to our two finalists who will be competing for the grand prize Saturday, May 17th at 12:30pm in the Strawberry Promenade.

*Spicy Strawberry Five Spice Chicken Wings Appetizer by Linda Quan of Los Angeles

*Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp, Peppered Glazed Pecans and Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette by Kate Evans of Oxnard


 
This year’s prize for the annual “Berry Blast Off” Recipe Contest, presented by the Ventura County Star  includes a three-day, two night stay for two people at a Welk Resort in San Diego, Palm Springs, Cabo San Lucas, or Branson, Missouri. (airfare not included) and a Cutco studio knife set valued at close to $500.

Anyone who submitted an entry for consideration received a complimentary ticket to the 2014 California Strawberry Festival (limited to one person/one per family/one per residence).

Open to any type of non-baking strawberry recipe – sauce, dessert, entrée, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, and more. The more creative, the better. 

Larissa Nelson of Fillmore was determined the winner of last year’s “Strawberry Smack Down” with her delicious Oxnard Strawberry Coconut No-Bake Tiramisu.

View/download previous winner recipes: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

 

Annual Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

From an all-time record of 1,800 entries, the “berrilious” design of 11-year-old Itzel Gonzalez from Cesar Chavez Elementary in Oxnard was selected as the winner of the 31st Annual California Strawberry Festival Youth Art Design Contest.

Festival representatives orchestrated a pizza party and award presentation with her entire 6th grade class to celebrate the announcement. Gonzalez received a $100 gift certificate (teacher, Maricruz Perez, was awarded a $50 gift certificate). and the honor of having her design showcased before a crowd of thousands in the Community Connections exhibit at the California Strawberry Festival May 17th and 18th. Every one of the thousands of students from school districts throughout Ventura County — kindergarten to sixth grade — who participated in the contest, rerceived a Festival ticket as an appreciation for their efforts.

Gonzalez’s winning masterpiece features a delicious ruby-red strawberry wearing a smiling face. To create the design, Gonzalez used her creative imagination and positive outlook for the concept, and went to task with colored pencils and crayons. A departure from classroom curriculum focusing more on textbook criteria, the art project encouraged the students to use their creativity to express the Festival’s atmosphere and what the event means to the community. “Itzel has already won an award in math and now she can add artistic talents to her list of accomplishments,” says proud teacher Perez. Her design will also be featured on youth T-shirts available for purchase at the Festival.

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Left to right: Teacher Mrs. Perez, Itzel Gonzalez, Festival board member Daisy Tatum