The third annual California Strawberry Festival will be celebrated April 19 and 20 at the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, with a gala opening party set for April 18.
Planning the weekend of activities are The J. M. Smucker Co., a producer of preserves, jams and jellies and the major sponsor of the festival, the city's Special Events Planning Committee headed by Mayor Nao Takasugi, and festival committee co-chairmen Dr. Tsujio Kato and Supervisor John Flynn.
The festival events begin with a strawberry pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Entertainment--including musicians, puppeteers, mimes, jugglers, demonstrations and talks, a strawberry agricultural display, arts and crafts and a wine festival--has been scheduled throughout the remainder of the day. Admission to the festival is free.
A children's area will be provided with Strawberry Shortcake and her berry friends providing entertainment, Shortcake videos and coloring contests. Local chefs and festival caterers will tempt fairgoers with a menu of delicious specialties, ranging from Polish sausage, barbecued ribs and nachos to hand-dipped ice cream bars, strawberry frappes and elephant ears.