• Berry Dairy Days

  • It’s Happening!!

  • Burlington, WA— 2/2/2022 —We are thrilled to announce that the full Berry Dairy Days festival will return to downtown Burlington, June 17-19, 2022. Planning for the festival is in full swing and we are looking forward to the return of the Strawberry Shortcake Booth, Grand Parade, Kids Zone, Entertainment Stage, Vendor Fair, BBQ Battle, and Berry Cool Car Show, among other events. The Berry Dairy Days festival is co-hosted by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the City of Burlington.

    “I am beyond excited that we are bringing back the full festival for Berry Dairy Days this year,” said Alyssa Pitcher, Burlington Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Tourism Coordinator, and Berry Dairy Days Event Coordinator. “I’d like to thank Peoples Bank for their incredible support as our Presenting Festival in the Park Investor.”

    This year marks the 85th anniversary of Berry Dairy Days. Since its inception, the festival has grown immensely but has always focused on bringing the community together and celebrating our local agriculture. “Berry Dairy Days has been such an important, meaningful festival for the Skagit community celebrating Skagit County’s culture since 1937,” said Steph Vervaart, President & CEO of Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

    While we were unable to hold a full festival last year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce staff built a new website and introduced several hybrid events so the community could still celebrate Berry Dairy Days safely. Our 2021 coloring contest winners artwork will be featured on our official 2022 Berry Dairy Days posters!

    There are plenty of ways that you can be involved in Berry Dairy Days this year! For organizations or businesses looking to get involved there are still plenty of supporter spots left. They can also participate in our Vendor Fair and Grand Parade. We’re also looking for music and acts for our Entertainment Stage! BBQ fans can compete in the Burlington BBQ Battle. Car lovers can submit their car in the Berry Cool Car Show. There are even volunteer opportunities available! Visit our website www.berrydairydays.com for more information on each! 


     

  • Berry Dairy Days History

    Although it started as the “Strawberry Festival”, Berry Dairy Days has been a consistent part of the community for the past 84 years! Berry Dairy Days continues to celebrate Burlington’s history, agriculture, farming, traditions and community.

    In 1937, the first annual “Berry Dairy Days” was launched when the Burlington volunteer firefighters organized a fundraiser to purchase new equipment. The community event served as a fundraiser and a way to celebrate strawberry farming in Burlington. To add excitement and draw a crowd, they made a giant strawberry shortcake that was pulled down Fairhaven Avenue in red wagons. Pieces of the cake were handed to the crowd that had gathered to catch a glimpse of the shortcake.

    As the festival grew not only in size but in scope, in 1965 the event was handed over to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to continue the tradition. Then President Roger Hulbush, along with other community members, decided to re-name the festival “Berry Dairy Days” to reflect the growing influence of dairy business and ongoing strawberry farming in Burlington.

    Many community members have fond memories of Burlington Berry Dairy Day throughout the years. Duane Stowe is the owner of the second oldest business in Burlington, Stowe’s Shoes & Clothing. He remembers the local strawberry processing plant and the affect it had on the community. Roger Hulbush is the owner of the oldest business in Burlington, Hulbush Funeral Home. He recalls one of his many memories of the Berry Dairy Days Grand Parade: “It was about 1970 and local firefighters dressed up as clowns to help line up the parade participants and drove a convertible car in the parade.”

    Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest festivals in Skagit County. It still represents Burlington’s impressive agriculture and farming community.

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