13th Annual Strawberry Festival
June 15, 16 & 17, 2017
Thursday & Friday 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm • Saturday Noon – 11:00 pm
Free to the Public in Historic Downtown Bolivar!
We’re currently looking for sponsors for bands, contests, etc. for this event. If interested, please call 330-874-8519. Thank you!
- Amusement Rides
- Food Concessions
- Live Music and Entertainment
- Arts & Crafts
- TC United Soccer Association Night Glow 5k Run
- Strawberry Eating Contest on Saturday
- Bolivar Fire Dept. Parade Saturday
- Strawberry Queen, Little Miss Berry Princess and Little Miss Shortcake Princess Contests
- Business Vendors
- Find fun at every venue – watch for new attractions that we’re working on now… and of course, STRAWBERRIES!
Parade on Saturday at 4:00 pm
Find photos of Strawberry Festival 2016 on our facebook page and at Bolivar Fire Dept’s website under Photos.
For information not found on this site, please call 330-874-8519 or 330-575-3889.
Links to print out pdf’s of forms for the 2017 Strawberry Festival are available below.
History of the Festival
From 1974-1980 our little village of Bolivar held a Strawberry Festival downtown on Canal Street (then Central Avenue). The town merchants sponsored this event which, according to the local newspaper, brought in approximately 40,000 people at its highest point.
The Festival started with a Queen’s Ball on Friday night. Each year would bring a new Strawberry Festival Queen at the end of the ball. Queens must be nominated and be at least 65 years old.
The Strawberry Festival resumed bright and early Sunday mornings with a Raft Race on the Tuscarawas River. The race finished at the Route 212 Bridge in Wilkshire Hills. The Strawberry Festival continued downtown on Central Avenue with crafters, entertainment, dancing, a parade, a strawberry eating contest, and lots of food.
In 2005, the Bolivar Main Street Assoc. revived the Bolivar Strawberry Festival to its current status on Father’s Day weekend in June. We’ve brought back the Queen’s contest and the Strawberry eating contest. Additionally, each year we offer new events along with lots of yummy strawberry treats. Area businesses and clubs also provide different types of food and activities.
Rides, entertainment, a brew tent, and crafters round out the festival. A Little Miss Shortcake Pageant for 4-6 year old girls and a Miss Berry Princess for 7-9 year old girls as well as a 5-K Run and a Fireman’s Parade tops off the festival to make it a “Berry” great experience for the whole family.
Each year brings something new to the festival… you never know what will be added next. Come join us and see for yourself!
Thank You Berry Much!
The 2016 festival was filled to capacity, and even spilled over onto Water Street. The new event, a Night Glow 5k by the Bolivar Fire Dept. was a glowing success. Wonderful weather made for a fantastic three days of strawberry fun! Thank you to all our sponsors, vendors and attendees who make this festival a success. See you again for Strawberry Festival 2017!