Muralist Traci Adams of Simi Valley wins 2014 Official Poster Contest and takes home $2,000 cash prize
Muralist Traci Adams specializes in larger than life creations, but she was glad her “berry” original artwork was determined to be the perfect fit to win this year’s 2014 California Strawberry Festival Poster Contest.
The Simi Valley resident was awarded a $2,000 grand prize and VIP tickets to the 31st annual celebration in Oxnard where her “Strawberry Party Boat” themed art will adorn souvenir posters, T-shirts and various collectible merchandise.
The festive winning creation is an illustration done with acrylic paint and depicts a group of smiling and waving strawberries afloat in a makeshift “berry carton” boat sailing in Oxnard’s Channel Island Harbor with waves cresting in the foreground.
Adams had a unique approach to her captivating painting. “I asked myself what the strawberries would be doing to celebrate their special day,” says the artist who has been an annual Festival attendee since its infancy before it moved from the harbor to its current location at Strawberry Meadows of College Park. “The Festival is all about fun, so I wanted the feeling of the celebration to be reflected in the personality of the berries,” she said.
“It feels awesome to have my art picked as the favorite,” says Adams. “I’m just happy that I can now share it with thousands of people who can get enjoyment from it.”
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The Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest
The California Strawberry Festival is looking for a berry blissful strawberry dish and they want to reward the person who has just the right recipe. Entries are currently being accepted for the annual “Berry Blast Off” Recipe Contest, presented by the Ventura County Star. This year’s prize purse 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).
Submit your tastiest non-baking strawberry dish by April 11, 2014 for the popular timed challenge that culminates Festival weekend when two finalists face off before judges and Festival fans during a Strawberry Promenade presentation. Anyone who submits an entry for consideration will receive 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. How would you measure up?
Larissa Nelson of Fillmore was determined the winner of last year’s “Strawberry Smack Down” with her delicious Oxnard Strawberry Coconut No-Bake Tiramisu.
Annual Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest
Enthusiastic young artists vie for the honor of the berry best! Connecting with the community, elementary students from school districts throughout Ventura County and beyond are encouraged to submit entries for the 2014 California Strawberry Festival Youth Art Design Contest, presented by El Super Markets. The contest tradition dates back to the early years of the Festival as K-6 students are encouraged within a lesson plan to create an original work of art depicting the Festival (various mediums considered). The winner for 2013 was Amy Espinoza, a seven-year-old from Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Oxnard. Her delightful design with a smiling strawberry was selected from a record 1,352 submissions from K-6 students in districts throughout Ventura County. Amy received a $100 gift certificate (teacher was awarded $50 gift certificate) and the honor of having her design made into youth T-shirts for sale in the souvenir booth. The original work of art is showcased before a crowd of thousands in the Community Connections exhibit on Festival weekend.
“It’s an excellent way for us to engage the community while giving back,” says Festival Board Member Conrad Alvarez, who coordinates the school project effort. Rewarding all who put forth the effort, each contestant receives a complimentary Festival admission, and a family four-pack of tickets will be awarded to top place finishers. Last year’s entries topped 1,275 submissions. Check back to see 2014 submission deadlines or call the Festival Office at 805/ 385-4739.
Second Grader Amy Espinoza shows off her 2013 winning design with the Festival mascot.