15th Annual Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Festival returns in 2021!
We’re ready to bring back the fun this year! Barring any complications of Covid-19, mark your calendar for June 17, 18 and 19, 2021 for Strawberry Festival!
After a two year hiatus, our committee brings new ideas to mesh with good old traditions – and we’re excited to be planning:
- Bands and beer in the adult tent
- Bolivar Idol returns in the family friendly tent
- Queen Pageant
- Carnival Rides will return
- Food and drink concessions
- Vendors and crafters
- Firemen’s Parade
We’re currently looking for sponsors. Click the link below to see how you can help, or to advertise in the 2021 Strawbery Festival Program.
Strawberry Festival Parade will be at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 19, 2021!
We’re looking for parade participants. If you’ve got a group, float, antique vehicle, or a fun idea, fill out the form below and return it to Bolivar Main Street. Entry for the parade is free!
Who will be the 2021 Strawberry Festival QUEEN?
The selection of the 2021 Strawberry Festival queen and her court will be based on devotion to the community, church and family. There will be a random drawing to select the Queen this year. This will be done on the day of the presentation of the court, Friday June 18th.
🍓 65 years of age or better
🍓 Bolivar area zip code
🍓 Letter of recommendation from family member, loved one, or area business; one page, no more than three paragraphs.
Deadline for nominations is June 4, 2021
Download your nomination form below!
Little Miss Shortcake Pageant 2021
Sponsored by Simply Cinnamon, the Little Miss Shortcake Pageant will be Saturday, June 19, 2021 at noon in the South Tent. Sign up online by clicking HERE. Contestants will arrive and receive their sticker with their registration number (this will be emailed). Contestants will introduce themselves on stage before the contest begins. There will be a Little Miss Shortcake and two attendants.
Pageant is for children 4-6 years old. Registration closes June 11, 2021 at 6pm. For questions, contact Ashley at Simply Cinnamon or email at email@example.com.
Miss Berry Princess Pageant 2021
The 2021 Bolivar Strawberry Festival’s Berry Princess is for children 7-9 years old and is also sponsored by Simply Cinnamon. Sign up online by clicking HERE.
The Berry Princess Pageant will be Thursday June 17th, 2021 at 5:30 at the South Tent. Contestants will arrive and receive their sticker with their registration number (this will be emailed). Contestants will introduce themselves on stage before the contest begins. There will be a Berry Princess and two attendants. Registration closes June 11, 2021 at 6pm.
For questions, contact Ashley at Simply Cinnamon or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to be the next BOLIVAR IDOL?
We’re excited to be returning BOLIVAR IDOL to our South Stage this year! The event will be held Friday and Saturday evenings. For a $5.00 fee, participants (age first grade and up) will have the chance to win one of three great prizes, along with the title of Bolivar Idol Winner 2021! Join the competition during Strawberry Festival at the family-friendly south tent when Dan Sibila DJ’s the Bolivar Idol Contest!
Download and fill out the form below, then send it in complete with payment. Cost is only $5.00.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
Stay tuned for updates as dates draw nearer.
For information not found on this site, please call 330-874-8519.
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 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. While the 2019 festival did not happen due to construction on Canal Street, and 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19, we will be back and are hoping to see you at Strawberry Festival in downtown Bolivar 2021!