Date
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 13:00 to Monday, May 25, 2015 - 21:00
Location
Village Green Park, between Main and Euclid Streets in downtown Garden Grove
Event Details

The 57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 22nd through May 25th at the Village Green between Main and Euclid in downtown Garden Grove. Festivities begin Friday, May 22nd at 1:00 p.m. with games and carnival rides.

On Friday at 6:00 p.m. is the grand opening ceremony when the mayor and Miss Garden Grove cut a giant strawberry shortcake and free cake is served to all. Many parade celebrities will also be on hand to greet their fans.

The Strawberry Stomp 5K Walk/Run starts on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. as does the festival’s Celebrity VIP Breakfast at the Community Meeting Center which is open to the public. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. starting at 9th and Chapman. There are floats, equestrians and bands, clowns, 15 TV and film celebrities and 25 veterans and their families since this year’s theme is Honoring Our Returning Veterans. The Theme Grand Marshal is Lt. Col. Patricia Murray, and the Celebrity Grand Marshal is M*A*S*H* star Sally Kellerman. Many celebrities will remain after the parade to sign autographs.

All four days offer 35 new and exciting carnival rides, food, 200 booths and live entertainment plus contests for the Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby, Tiny Tots King and Queen, prettiest redhead and best Karaoke singers.

This non-profit event has raised over $6.5 million for local charities since 1958.

Sponsorship support this year comes from Southern California Ford Dealers, Garden Grove Tourism Promotion Corporation, Clear Channel Outdoors, McDonalds, Care Ambulance Service, Sam’s Club, Garden Grove Hospital, Brandywine Homes, Garden Grove Secured Storage, Allspace Storage, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites and Casa Garcia.

Media sponsors include Parenting OC, OC News and its Community Newspapers, OC Weekly, Garden Grove Journal, Korea Times, El Panamericano, Farandula USA, Miniondas, and radio stations 103.4 MYfm, KOST, JACK FM, KABC, KLOS, KDAY-FM, KWVE 107.9fm, KSWB 100.3fm The Sound LA, KWIZ La Rockola, AIR1 Radio, Radiocentro 93.9,
KEARTH 101, and The Wave.

For information, visit www.strawberryfestival.org or call (714) 638-0981.

2015 Schedule of Events
Friday, May 22nd, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
4 pm – Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest
3 to 6 year olds
(sign-up: 3:00 pm – 3:55 pm)
Amphitheater (12852 Main Street)
6 pm – Strawberry Cake Cutting Ceremony
Showmobile
(Main and Acacia)
Free shortcake served to all who attend

Saturday, May 23rd, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
8 A.M. – Strawberry Stomp 5K Run
Note: This is a City of Garden Grove sponsored event.
Starts at Historic Main Street
Ends at Garden Grove Community Center
11300 Stanford Avenue (Stanford and Euclid)
Click here to register
7 A.M. – VIP Breakfast
Garden Grove Community Center – 11300 Stanford Avenue (Stanford and Euclid)
Mike Fenderson will recognize the dignitaries, Miss Garden Grove and Miss Outstanding Teen and their courts. Casa Garcia serves scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, ham and bacon for $6.00 per person paid at the door. All proceeds from this will benefit We Give Thanks, a charity annually providing Thanksgiving dinners for thousands of needy people.
10 A.M. – Parade
Starts at 9th and Chapman Streets
Bands, floats, equestrians, clowns, Snoopy, TV and film celebrities and more.
12:30 P.M. (time approximate) – Celebrity autograph signing
Booth near the Courtyard Center (Main and Acacia)
1 P.M. to 4 P.M. = Abrakadabra Band
Showmobile (Main and Acacia)
5 P.M. to 8 P.M. – Third Degree Blues Band
Showmobile (Main and Acacia)
7:30 P.M. – Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest (16 years and older)
Amphitheater (12852 Main Street)
Contestants pick songs 6pm to 6:45pm
Drawing for 25 contestants at 7 pm
NOTE: Last year’s winners are NOT eligible to compete this year.

Sunday, May 24th, 10:00 am to 10:00 p.m.
11 A.M. – Berry Berry Beautiful Baby Contest
3 months to under 3 years
Sign-up: 10am to 10:55am
Amphitheater (12852 Main Street)
1 P.M. to 4 P.M. – Full Spectrum Band
Showmobile (Main and Acacia)
2 P.M. – Guardettes Dance Group
Amphitheater (12852 Main Street)
5 P.M. to 8 P.M. – Frenzy Band
Showmobile (Main and Acacia)
7 P.M. – Miss Garden Grove and Friends
Amphitheater (12852 Main Street)

Monday, May 25th, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
11 A.M. – Redhead Roundup Contest
Sign-up 10am to 10:55am
Amphitheater (12852 Main Street)
1 P.M. to 4 P.M. – In Contempt Band
Showmobile (Main and Acacia)
3 P.M. – The Colony of Performing Arts
Amphitheater (12852 Main Street)

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