THE 2014 CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL’S
31st ANNUAL CELEBRATION
The 31st Annual CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
gets underway May 17 and 18, 2014 at
Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard from 10:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. After three decades of goodness and good deeds,
the Festival has contributed $4 million to 20+ charitable organizations and funded scholarships by bringing people together
for two days of strawberry bliss. The tasty tribute serves up a menu of delicious strawberry delights and more fun than you
can imagine jam-packed into one weekend. Happenings include Strawberryland For Kids with rides and attractions, gooey
contests, 250+ award-winning Fine Arts & Crafts exhibits, the Strawberry Promenade, the Green Scene, non-stop entertainment,
Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries --
from chocolate dipped, powdered, shortcaked and even atop
pizza, berries abound as desserts, main courses and even thirst quenching delights. With more than 50 food
booths to choose from, 100 percent of proceeds from non-profit booths benefit southland charities.
fill the air with non-stop entertainment on two stages within the 50-acre park, all included in the admission price.
The medley of music offers something special for everyone. The Dr. Kato stage entertainment is presented by Budweiser
and Festival stage entertainment is presented by Southern California Ford Dealers.
A Fine Arts & Crafts showcase
with unique collectible creations from 250+ artists dot the landscape with exhibits specializing
in paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, children's toys, and more. Artists are on hand to greet Festival
guests. Nestled amidst the booths, the “Kids Interactive Berry Craft Patch” area provides make & take crafts and enter to
Strawberryland For Kids
, presented by The Ventura County Star, makes childhood wishes come true with rides and attractions like the
Berry Zipline, Bungee bounce and others. The “Jest In Time” tented stage features ongoing puppet shows, juggling and
entertainment for the young at heart.
The Strawberry Promenade
offers a berry oasis where patrons can enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrities Master Chefs to the
Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest finals.
get everyone into the act. Hearty appetites rule in the Strawberry Pie Eating Contest. The gooey Tart Toss finds
strawberry goo flying into faces poking through cut out boards. The timed Strawberry Relay race requires teamwork to
assemble and devour berry goodies. The Berry Best Hat contest encourages patrons to create and decorate an outlandish
hat while the Berry Best Dressed Baby contest invites youngsters to strut in the best berry bling.
The Green Scene
presented by Coca Cola, offers interactive exhibits that showcase simple ways to integrate eco-friendly lifestyle
choices that can positively impact our environment.
The Community Connections booth
presented by KTLA-TV and The Collection at Riverpark, showcases all the wonderful ways the Festival
engages the community and gives back to impact lives by fundraising. Prizes and special appearances attract patrons.
Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 2014 from 10:00a.m. – 6:30p.m.
Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard:
Limited on site parking is $10
Free park n ride shuttle service provided.
Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Express, Port Hueneme
Adults: $12; seniors 62+, active military and dependents with ID card: $8; Youths (5-12): $5, Free for kids 4 and under. Advance
tickets available for purchase on line at http://strawberryfestival2014.festivalsetup.com/
Flanked by Rose Avenue, PCH and Channel Islands Blvd., the site is adjacent to Oxnard College. Oxnard is located 60 miles north of
Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Signs mark the correct exits off the 101 Freeway and PCH. Limited parking
available for $10 (free shuttles offer ideal access)
FREE Strawberry Express shuttle service offers six convenient Park N Ride locations off the 101 Fwy: Camarillo
Premium Outlets, The Palms Shopping Center, Channel Islands Harbor, The Collection at Riverpark, Santa Clara High School,
and the Oxnard Transportation Center (Amtrak offers rider discounts/shuttles meet trains). Follow signs for exits.
Info at http://strawberry-fest.org/getting-there/free-shuttle-service
California is the nation’s leading producer of strawberries and they reign supreme in Ventura County, yielding annual
gross revenues upwards of $691 million in 2012. Oxnard, with its unique coastal environment of ocean exposure provides
moderate temperatures year round, is ideal for the luscious fruit that is annually exported to Canada, Mexico, Japan,
Hong Kong and beyond. In the early 80s with a quest to create a celebratory event that would pay tribute to the strawberry
industry, then Oxnard Mayor, Dr. Tsujio Kato, City of Oxnard officials, and a handful of local strawberry growers gathered
to explore possibilities. The Festival premiered in 1984 at Channel Islands Harbor. After eight years, the increasingly
popular event outgrew its original site, moving in 1992 to picturesque Strawberry Meadows of College Park where it remains
today. Throughout the years, Festival funds have contributed to park enhancements.
The two-day fete has grown from its inception to become known among the nation’s finest. The Int'l Festival &
Events Association and the Library of Congress have recognized the California Strawberry Festival for its extensive
community programs benefiting education, arts and youths. The Association's research also estimates the Festival's
economic impact to the community hovers at approximately $7.5 million for the two-day event. Proceeds from food booths
run by local Southland non-profit organizations reap 100 percent of revenues, and since the Festival began, more
than $4 million has been raised to enrich lives.
Info line: 888-288-9242 Use our convenient Mobile app: Text “berry” to 95577
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