Contests

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

As a symbol of each annual celebration, we showcase an original work from the winner of our poster contest. It’s been a part of the Festival’s heritage since our inception and has grown to become a coveted honor of recognition. The grand prizewinner receives $2,000 and their creation serves as the symbol of the 35th Anniversary Festival with branding and souvenir posters, collectible t-shirts and merchandise.

In 2017 we opened up our submissions to include the digital arts. This year, we offered an online submission option. Stay tuned for our announcement of this year’s winning design!

Nomi Wagner Portrait Artist, pictured here with her 2017 winning creation.

Submissions for 2018 have been closed

To check out the posters since 1984 click here


Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Presented by Ventura County Star

Hearty congratulations to Elizabeth Koseyan of North Hills who took the grand prize for the 2017 Contest with her savory Korean Style Strawberry Marinated Beef Tacos in Lettuce Leaves and Daikon Radish Sweet and Spicy Kimchi!

Do you have what it takes to take the title of Berry Best Recipe? If so, enter your best original, non-baking, strawberry recipe of your favorite sauce, dessert, entré, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, etc.

Each entrant receives a complimentary ticket to attend this year’s Festival. Grand prize winner and runner up will each receive fabulous prizes.

And this year it’s quicker and easier to enter because your entry can now be completed online.

Contest Rules

Enter Contest Here

Previous Winners Recipes

2017 Winner – Korean Style Strawberry Marinated Beef Tacos in Lettuce Leaves and Daikon Radish Sweet and Spicy Kimchi

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

2015 Winner A – Strawberry Vinaigrette Marinated Bacon Steak Spinach Salad

2015 Winner B – Steamed Strawberry Coconut Poke Cake

2014 Winner – Spicy Strawberry Five Spice Chicken Wings 

2013 Winner – Strawberry Coconut No-Bake Tiramisu

 

 

 


Strawberry Spirit Facebook Photo Contest Strawberry Spirit Facebook Photo Contest

Strawberry Spirit Facebook Photo Contest

Presented by Wescom Credit Union

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


Fan Favorite Band Contest (Formerly Berry Battle of the Bands Contest) Fan Favorite Band Contest (Formerly Berry Battle of the Bands Contest)

Fan Favorite Band Contest (Formerly Berry Battle of the Bands Contest)

Presented by Cumulus Media

Our Fan Favorite Band Contest (formerly Berry Battle of the Bands), is close to starting. The winning band, chosen by you the fans, will have a coveted spot in our lineup.

More information coming soon!


Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Each year, the Festival reaches out to Ventura County school districts inviting teachers and their K through 6th grade students to create a colorful strawberry design as part of their curriculum highlighting Ventura County’s rich agricultural heritage. All students who submit a design receive a free ticket to the Festival. Finalists receive recognition and prizes.

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

5:00pm
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 Players Casino

3:00pm at the Strawberry Promenade
Bring your own beautiful berry bonnet creation 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.

Winner receives fabulous prizes including Patio Restaurant at Players Casino.


Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Presented by Smart & Final

3:30pm at the Strawberryland Kids Theatre
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 Strawberryland Kids Theatre 30 minutes prior.

Winner receives fabulous prizes including a portrait session and $100 print credit with Toki Lee Photography; Petunia Pickle Bottom  and a $50 certificate to Smart & Final.