• Berry Dairy Days

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  • Burlington, WA— 2/23/2021 Berry Dairy Days 2021 is happening but will look different this year. While the Burlington Chamber of Commerce cannot host the full festival, we are happy to announce that we are working with the Burlington Events Committee and the City of Burlington to keep the Berry Dairy Days spirit alive during this pandemic. The businesses of the chamber are enthusiastically looking forward to continuing to support this event for the community.

    "As we look forward to a resumption of our festivals, the City of Burlington is excited to partner with the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to bring a 2021 version of the Berry Dairy Days to Skagit County, providing us an opportunity to reflect upon our rich agricultural heritage," said Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton.

    Due to the unknowns of COVID-19 mandates, and an effort to maintain public health safety, the event will largely be taking place online. The City of Burlington has suspended Special Events Permits for the time being and are not encouraging large groups to gather.

    “Berry Dairy Days has been such an important, meaningful festival for the Skagit community celebrating Skagit County’s culture since 1937,” said Steph Vervaart, Director of Operations and Berry Dairy Days Event Coordinator. “The safety of the community is our first concern during this pandemic.”  

    The Berry Dairy Days planning team is working together to carry on the time-honored traditions in new and creative ways. “Instead of looking at this as a negative we are focused on creating memorable experiences; we can still come together as a community to celebrate Burlington agriculture and support local businesses even if it will look different this year,” said Alyssa Pitcher, Marketing and Tourism Coordinator.

    The planning team recognizes that keeping the spirit of Berry Dairy Days alive during this time is incredibly important to not only the community, but to the local Burlington businesses that benefit from the festival each year. That is why we are committed to working together to make the best event possible despite the circumstances.

    Stay tuned for details on the upcoming events that are in the works! Engaging and fun activities for the whole family are currently being planned and will be announced as they are finalized. To stay up to date and be the first to know about all things Berry Dairy Days this year, sign up for direct emails here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/Nuouzac/BDD2021


     

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  • 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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