Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival Returns this Weekend

Thousands and thousands of festgoers descend upon Cedarburg each year for Strawberry Festival, an art-filled weekend brimming with the most luscious summer fruit. Come celebrate Cedarburg’s 31st Annual Strawberry Festival, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, June 25 & 26, 2016. This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to celebrate the strawberry, enjoy live music, browse and purchase original artwork from hundreds of artists, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area.

Wander down Washington Avenue and you’ll see why “Art is a Tradition” in Cedarburg. Fondly referred to as Arts on the Avenue, Strawberry Festival highlights more than 250 of the best local and Midwest artists who bring their combined perspectives, skills, and thousands of works of arts to the streets of Cedarburg, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. Arts on the Avenue is a combined effort of four local organizations, the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedar Creek Settlement Merchant's Association, the Ozaukee Art Center and the Cedarburg Art Museum, offers one-of-a-kind works of art from functional to surreal, from witty to the elegantly decorative, as well as the opportunity to meet most of the artists in person.

Strawberry Festival’s many food vendors are a huge draw to the festival, and sure to please any palate. Festival Food Court favorites include the “Original” Strawberry Brat, Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Chicken Wrap.  Throughout the festival foodies will find strawberry pie, strawberry crepes, strawberry slushies and chocolate-covered strawberries as well as many other locally made delicacies. Schmit’s Berry Farm, a local grower, provides the festival with the most ripe and juicy strawberries, available for purchase by the quart. The festival also boasts an extensive Food Court, offering everything from summer favorites like hamburgers, chicken, BBQ and roasted corn, to sweet treats and specialty foods. The popular Sunday morning all-you-can-eat Strawberry Pancake Breakfast takes place on the north end of the Festival grounds from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and is served by the Cedar Creek Settlement merchants. More than 1,000 customers get their fill of mouthwatering strawberry pancakes while listening to live music outside along Cedar Creek.

For attendees with a taste for wine, Cedar Creek Winery’s Strawberry Blush Wine is a must – this and the winery’s other award-winning wines can be purchased by the glass throughout the festival.  

Live music all over the Festival’s Historic District satisfies every music lover. The best place to enjoy the music is at the Gruber Law Office Main Stage - Festival Food Court which will feature rockin’ fun cover bands with shaded seating as well as Fred Astaire Dance Studios performances, and is in close proximity to the main Festival Food Court. Cedar Creek Settlement events at the north end of town include live bands (including the Rhythm Kings, Generation Z and Bobby Way and the Fabulous Wayouts), food booths, and a merchant’s marketplace as well the all-you can eat Sunday Morning Strawberry Pancake Breakfast. The Cedarburg Lion’s Club will also feature great music by Dante’s Bop and the Ozaukee Jam Band. Also in the Settlement Courtyard will be the Packer Legends tent. Antonio Freeman will be on hand from 11-1 on Saturday. Jerry Kramer, Leroy Butler and other Packer greats will also appear during the weekend.

For our littlest strawberry-lovers, Henry’s Kids Korner at Cedar Creek Park offers pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, food vendors, dancers, clowns and lots of other activities. One of the most popular events is the CedarQuacker 500 sponsored by Port Washington State Bank, where hundreds of rubber ducks are launched into the creek in a race to the finish Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.! New this year is the crowning of the Strawberry Princesses on Saturday – fun for kids of all ages and as always The World Famous Strawberry Ice Cream Licking Contest will also be held at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, but don’t miss sign up at 11:00 a.m. because it is a popular event!

Members of the Greater Milwaukee Model T Ford Club will be showing off a nice selection of all types and ages of Model T’s from roadsters and touring vehicles to pickup trucks and speedsters on Saturday. The club is dedicated to preserving these wonderful automobiles, helping members get their cars repaired, and enjoying the pure fun of driving a Model T, aka (because of its affordability) as “the car that put the world on wheels.” For more information about the club, visit milwaukeemodeltclub.com.

Want to see a little more of beautiful Historic Cedarburg? The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ozaukee County’s “Berry Big” 5K Run/Walk kicks off Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and circles through the neighborhoods that surround the downtown area. Or take a ride on the Tractor Hayride Shuttle that travels around the festival route, sponsored by Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. Off the festival footprint, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts will feature exhibits and fun family activities.

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