PASADENA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Pasadena, Texas, Strawberry Festival 15-17 May 2009
The City of Pasadena in Texas may no longer be The Strawberry Capital of The World but the residents of the 15th largest city in The Lone Star State and 40-50,000 visitors will enjoy fun and a sweet treat at the 36th Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival in May.
The growing of strawberries was introduced into Pasadena after the Galveston Storm of 1900 which reached as far inland as Pasadena. The strawberry plants were imported to provide a quick cash crop to aid both residents and the influx of refugees from Galveston. The project was a huge commercial success, hence the earlier title of The Strawberry Capital of The World. The 2009 and 36thFestival celebrates the rebirth of a struggling small town.
The 3-day event provides fun for all the family in 106 acres at The Pasadena Fairgrounds. In this article we highlight some of the great attractions, apart from eating strawberries.
As this is Texas you would expect big things. The Festival’s Strawberry Shortcake which is produced each year made the Guinness Book of Records in 2005. A mere 1905 square feet, covered in more than a ton of strawberries, its 2009 counterpart will be unveiled and cut during the opening ceremony on the Friday.Yes, you can buy a slice.
Throughout the 3 days there is continuous musical entertainment on the International Main Stage with foot tapping and hand clapping country, rock and Tejano style music.
Contests include The High School Mud Volley Ball Tournament, open to High School students. As the name suggests, this takes place in a mud pit and can be messy! Parents should note that showers are available after the event!
The Festival Cook Off Contest, obviously does not involve strawberries but the barbecue brisket, ribs, fajitas and gumbo entries are a delicious complement to the strawberry shortcake. Strange behaviour may be observed as the chefs rituals often involve talking to the food.
Speciality attractions include The Trick Roper. Doug Whitaker mixes comedy with precise forms of skill few cowboys can execute. Doug is a master gun spinner, bullwhip artist and trick roper.
The Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pig Show is as the name suggests is an action packed and entertaining performance by these animals.
Mutton Bustin’ is for the little cowgirls and boys. The kids hang on to the sheep like the real cowboys ride the bulls. There are ten riders per competition and all are timed from leaving the chute to dismount. It’s a miniature rodeo.
Clowns and free games will delight the kids inside the Strawberry Field’s Children’s Pavilion which houses a petting zoo and pony rides.
In addition there is a Carnival, arts and crafts displays and of course the festival will have the usual food vendors.
You can view all the activities either from the top of the Ferris Wheel ride or in a helicopter trip above the Fairground.
Enjoy an exciting Texas tradition and take all the family to the Pasadena Strawberry Festival in May 2009.