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Young Festival attendee, 1984
Young Festival attendee, 1984

California Strawberry Festival

A celebration of the leading industry in Ventura County, where annual strawberry revenues are $100 million from Oxnard's bountiful 6,600 berry acres. Twenty-four companies harvest and cool more than 15,900,000 trays of berries, which are shipped throughout North America as well as to Germany and Japan. The event, attracting over 85,000 visitors over a two-day period, features strawberry culinary delights, three stages with musical entertainment, 335 arts and crafts exhibits, wine pavilion, strolling musicians, clowns, artists, face painting, contests, and a "Strawberryland" for children with puppets, magicians, musicians, and a petting zoo. Project documentation includes a six-page written report, sixteen 8 x 10 photos and their descriptions, videotape, and promotional postcards.

Originally submitted by: Elton Gallegly, Representative (23rd District).

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