Vashon Strawberry Festival: What’s Not to Love?{13}

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Luana beach float Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?When it comes to the Vashon Strawberry Festival (going strong since 1909), islanders reside in two camps: those who love it and those who hate it. My tent is tethered to the first camp. (I have my suspicions that the other camp may also prefer handshakes to hugs, avoid puppies and Popsicles, and be quick to profess they never watch TV. Just a theory.)

Sure we import the requisite carnie folk, funnel cakes and midway rides to the island, but Strawberry Festival is really more about the homegrown events and venues unique to Vashon. You can run the other way or you can embrace the crowds, craziness and corndogs. Umm, deep-fried food on a stick…I choose the latter.

Why I love Vashon Strawberry Festival.

1.  It’s an event where farming is fashionable.

strawberry fest fancy tractor Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

2.  I get to shore up some bragging rights.

strawberry festival jam contest Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

2. The talents of neighbors and friends are on parade.

Strawberry festival parade Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

3.  Shimmying and shaking take center stage.

strawberry festival dancing in the streets Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

5.  Street dance fever takes over downtown (thanks to the Portage-Fill Harmonic and Captain Dick and the Portholes (though cameras should not be allowed).

strawberry festival Portage Fill Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

6. Nice rides rule the road.

strawberry festival car parade Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

7.  You’re hard-pressed to find any strawberries (raspberries are another story).

bowl fresh raspberries Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

8.  And probably the best reason of all, the company can’t be matched.

family photo Vashon Strawberry Festival: Whats Not to Love?

Strawberry Festival Activities include:

  • Saturday Street Dances
  • Grand Parade
  • Classic Car Parade
  • Vashon Artists in Ober Park
  • Kid’s Carnival
  • Beer Garden, Wine and Jazz Fusion
  • Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
  • Bill Burby Fun Run
  • The Fireman’s Water Challenge
  • And a whole lot of great Music
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