Strawberry Festival


Bolivar Strawberry Festival

15th Annual Strawberry Festival

The 2019 Strawberry Festival was not be held due to Main Street construction. It will return in June of 2020.


2018 Strawberry Festival Pageant winners were:

Queen – Marge Merrin

Miss Berry Princess – Abby Grace Gaynor

Little Miss Shortcake – Teagann Lieser

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Bolivar Strawberry Festival

 History of the Festival

Bolivar Strawberry FestivalFrom 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!

Bolivar Strawberry Festival

Thank You Berry Much!

The 2018 festival was a great success – with little rain and comfortable temperatures. The introduction of inflatables for kids kept the midway bouncing, and TC United Soccer offered both a 5k and 10k daytime run. The traditional fireman’s parade was grand as usual! Great live music, local and vendor food, contests and more 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 future Strawberry Festivals!

Thanks to our 2018 corporate sponsors:

  • Eleet Cryogenics
  • Bell Stores/Marathon
  • Hennis Care Center of Bolivar
  • Harris Battery
  • Mary Locy/Cutler Real Estate
  • Lebold/Smith Funeral Home
  • Republic Services
  • Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser Beer
  • Kimble
  • All About Children
  • Through the Years Child Care 
  • Pinwall Cycle Parts
  • Wenger Companies
  • Willandale Golf Carts and Sales
  • Bolivar Fire Department
  • Village of Bolivar
  • McDonalds- G.A. Cecchini Ventures, Inc.
  • Bolivar Main Street
  • Barbell Beach of Bolivar
  • Tow Path Tavern
  • Canal Street Diner
  • Creative Novelties Baking
Special Thanks to Holly Thouvenin for the Web Site and Face Book posts, Bloom’s Printing for the program expertise, Dave Franks, Village Administrator for his willingness to help no matter what is asked, Nate Alexander and Noah Carpenter for their help with set up, clean up crews and volunteers, local businesses for their patience during the festival, Village of Bolivar Police for providing security for the festival and Co-Chairs Richard LeBold and Rebecca Hubble for putting the festival together.