A multitude of engaging activities let you enjoy the celebration by joining in the experience.

Contest Area presented by Coca Cola

California Strawberry Sponsor
Strawberry Festival Community Connection

Pre-Festival Contests

Official Poster Contest

Official Poster Contest

Art and strawberries can be a fruitful enterprise. The winner will receive $2,000 and four VIP tickets to the 34th Annual celebration May 20 & 21, 2017.

For the very first time, the contest has been expanded to embrace a variety of mediums — digital, oils, watercolors, inks, photography, and mixed media. The more creative, the better! The new entry deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in what has become a popular tradition to showcase each season since the prestigious Festival began in 1984.

The poster will be available for purchase event weekend and the colorful design will adorn collectible T-shirts and promotional items to commemorate the 2017 celebration on the newly expanded acreage of Strawberry Meadows at College Park in Oxnard.

The contest is open to all who wish to showcase their artistic expression. Submissions will be viewed by a judging panel looking for creativity and best use of theme while paying tribute to Ventura County’s unique landscape. No more than two entry submissions will be accepted for consideration from each artist. No entries accepted from artists who have previously won the grand prize on two occasions.

All original art work for consideration must be 16.5” wide and 17” high, centered and mounted on a black matte board 18.5” wide and 19” high. The finished product must be reproduction compatible and void of any writing, including the date (the year and event logo will be inserted in production). Contact name, address, phone and email should be easily viewed on the back. Prior to the deadline and without exception, entries can be mailed or hand delivered to the Festival office 1661 Pacific Avenue #15, Oxnard, CA 93033 (805-385-4739).

The winner will be notified by the second week of February. He/she will serve as guest of honor at a press luncheon in Oxnard March 7th when the design is revealed to media, dignitaries, and Festival sponsors. Posters submissions will not be returned and must be picked up from the Festival office any time after the second week of February. The winning original design and all rights of the winning design will become the property of the California Strawberry Festival.

To check out the posters since 1984 click here

Download 2017 Poster Cover Letter

Download 2017 Poster Contest Flyer

Download 2017 Poster Receipt


Berry Best Photo Contest on Facebook

Berry Best Photo Contest on Facebook

Submit your favorite photo of the California Strawberry Festival and you could win free tickets to attend the Festival. Weekly winners. Click here for details

Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Presented by Ventura County Star

If your passion is creating culinary masterpieces with the berry heart shaped fruit as the main ingredient, then we have the contest for you! Applicants may enter an original non-baking strawberry recipe of their favorite sauce, dessert, entrée, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, etc. – the more creative and complex the dish with fresh ingredients, the better. The deadline for submissions is noon April 7, 2017. All contestants who submit a recipe will be awarded a free ticket to this year’s Festival (limited to one person/one per family/one per residence). Must be over 21 years of age.

Five semi-finalists will be selected to compete in a timed, iron chef-style challenge Tuesday, May 9 at 11:00am at the professional kitchen of the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, where they must prepare and present their strawberry dish within one hour. The judges select two finalists to continue on with VIP access in a competition for the ultimate reward before a crowd at the Festival May 20th.

The grand prize winner will choose from a four-day, three night VIP getaway vacation at a Welk Resorts villa property in either Palm Springs, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, or Branson, Missouri (airfare not included), and a Cutco studio knife set valued at close to $500. The runner up will receive an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard along with a complimentary dinner for two at the acclaimed Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard.

Click here for the 2017 Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest Rules

Previous Winners Recipes

2013 Winner – Strawberry Coconut No-Bake Tiramisu

2014 Winner – Spicy Strawberry Five Spice Chicken Wings 

2015 Winner A – Strawberry Vinaigrette Marinated Bacon Steak Spinach Salad

2015 Winner B – Steamed Strawberry Coconut Poke Cake

2016 Winner – Lemongrass-Ginger Strawberry Shrimp Crisps & Strawberry Avocado Mash

Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Each year, Festival organizers reach out to school districts throughout the southland and Ventura County inviting teachers and their K-6th grade students to create a colorful strawberry design as part of a study plan about the region’s rich agricultural heritage. Students with the top creations receive recognition and prizes and all participating youths get a free ticket to the Festival. The deadline has been extended to February 6, 2017.

Click here for info and guidelines

Click here for Youth Design Entry Form



Contests at the Festival

Strawberry Tart Toss

Strawberry Tart Toss

11:00am and 2:30pm
Ready set goooooo! Take aim for in your face fun.

Strawberry Pie Eating

Strawberry Pie Eating

1:00pm and 4:00pm
A timed challenge you can really sink your teeth into. Devour every last bite of strawberry pie, sans utensils. Available to contestants 13 years of age or older.

Strawberry Relay

Strawberry Relay

You and a teammate go through a series of obstacles to assemble and then consume, a strawberry dish in record time.

Berry Best Hat Contest Berry Best Hat Contest

Berry Best Hat Contest

Presented by Rubbermaid

3:00pm at the Strawberry Promenade
Create your own berry bonnet that puts the Kentucky Derby to shame and parade your strawberry style for the judges. Sign up at the Strawberry Promenade 30 minutes prior. Must be at least 15 years of age.


Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Presented by Smart & Final

3:30pm at the Jest In Time Family Fun Stage
Open to infants up to four years of age. Youngsters, with the help of their parents, parade across the stage to garner “oohs and aahs” from the crowd. All participants receive recognition. Sign up at the Jest In Time Family Fun Stage 30 minutes prior.