Destination Iowa: Strawberry Days Festival
STRAWBERRY POINT — The world’s largest strawberry is the highlight of the annual Strawberry Days Festival in Strawberry Point, and the city welcomes everyone to join them in this three-day festival which starts June 8 and ends June 10.
Strawberry Days Festival started in 1969 to celebrate the community of Strawberry Point and to recognize the local businesses, as well as showcase the world’s largest strawberry. Friday night’s events are free with games and the crowning of the Lil’ Mr. and Miss Strawberry, as well as for the first time, Teen Strawberry.
“It’s something new for this year, and the winner will be determined from their interview questions and their on-stage interactions,” said Hillary Recker, chamber board president. “The Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development have paired together to offer a $500 scholarship to one teen going into 11th or 12th grade from Strawberry Point and is crowned Teen Strawberry.”
Saturday’s events include a parade, carnival and free ice cream and strawberries. The carnival requires a purchase of tickets or a wristband, with the money going toward next year’s festival. A tractor pull and more free ice cream and strawberries end the festival on Sunday.
The festival will take place at Inger Park starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 8, and the carnival will be at Civic Center Grounds on Saturday.
“We hope families and friends all come together to have fun and visit our wonderful town,” Recker said.