15th Annual Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Festival returned in 2021!
Our hometown Strawberry Festival returned after a two year hiatus! 2019 didn’t happen because of renovations downtown, and of course, Covid-19 stopped everyone in their tracks during 2020.
Our committee brought new ideas to mesh with good old traditions – and we think it worked out BERRY nicely!
- Bands and beer in the adult tent
- Queen Pageant
- Miss Berry Princess Pageant
- Little Miss Shortcake Pageant
- Strawberry Eating Contest
- Carnival Rides made a comeback
- Food and drink concessions
- Vendors and crafters
- Firemen’s Parade
The Strawberry Festival Firemen’s Parade commenced on Saturday, June 19, 2021!
The Firemen’s Parade returned in 2021 bigger and better than ever! The event featured the Queens, Princesses and Little Miss Shortcakes of Strawberry Festival, along with floats, twirlers, a corvette train and the local Jeep Club. Neighboring fire departments and even a Barney Fife look-alike, complete with police cruiser, joined us in the fun.
2021 Strawberry Festival QUEEN
Sponsored by Eleet Cryogenics, the selection of the 2021 Strawberry Festival queen and her court was based on devotion to the community, church and family. A random drawing was held to select the Queen this year.
🍓 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.
Brenda Symons was crowned queen, with attendants Loretta Dively and Karen Addington completing the court. Photo: L-R: Loretta Dively, attendant; Brenda Symons, queen; Karen Addington, attendant
Little Miss Shortcake Pageant 2021
Sponsored by Simply Cinnamon, the Little Miss Shortcake Pageant was held Saturday, June 19, 2021 at noon in the South Tent.
This pageant is for children 4-6 years old.
Marcella Tolotti won the drawing to become Little Miss Shortcake 2021. Photo L-R: Isabelle Binsley, attendant; Teagann Lieser, 2018 winner; Marcella Tolotti, Little Miss Shortcake 2021; Claire Porter, attendant.
Miss Berry Princess Pageant 2021
The 2021 Bolivar Strawberry Festival’s Berry Princess is for children 7-9 years old and was also sponsored by Simply Cinnamon.
The Berry Princess Pageant was held Thursday June 17th, 2021 at 5:30 at the South Tent.
Maisyn Sluss was crowned Miss Berry Princess, with attendants Maci Melching and McCall Symons. Photo L-R Maci Melching, attendant; Maisyn Sluss, Miss Berry Princess; McCall Symons, attendant.
Want to be the next BOLIVAR IDOL?
We were excited to be returning BOLIVAR IDOL to our South Stage this year, however the threat of severe thunderstorms led to its cancellation.
We do hope to have it return in 2022, when we celebrate the 16th Annual Strawberry Festival!
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 2021 festival was a great success – with little rain and somewhat comfortable temperatures. Carnival rides by McGinnis Amusements kept the midway bouncing and 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. We will be back and are hoping to see you at the 16th Annual Strawberry Festival in downtown Bolivar 2022!
WE HAVE THE BEST SPONSORS!
Special Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors
• Eleet Cryogenics
• Bell Stores/Marathon
• Hennis Care Center of Bolivar
• Harris Battery
• Lebold – Smith Funeral Home
• Mary Locy – Cutler Real Estate
• Republic Services
• Commercial Savings Bank
• Wallace and Associates Insurance
• Wenger Companies
• Willandale Golf Carts and Sales
• Bolivar Fire Department
• Village of Bolivar
• McDonalds- G.A. Cecchini Ventures, Inc.
• Bolivar Main Street
• Simply Cinnamon
• Wayne Savings Community Bank
• Massarelli Baseball
• Ferris Chevrolet- Jon Graef
• Massillon Materials
• Aultman Orrville Hospital /Bolivar Health Care Centre
Special Thanks to Our Berry Friends Sponsors
• R U Stylin
• Brahler’s Cleaning & Restoration
• Bridges Excavating LLC.
• Atwood Lake Boats
• A Patriot & Sons LLC.
• Canal Street Diner
• Towpath Tavern Bolivar
And Thank you to Co-Chairs Bob Smith and Rebecca Hubble along with all the committee chairs that helped put this festival together, Holly Thouvenin for the website and Facebook posts, Bloom’s Printing for the program expertise, Village of Bolivar Police for providing security for the festival, and all the volunteers that have helped to make this festival a success.