Berry Dairy Days
Berry Dairy Days
Berry Dairy Day Supporter Information
We are looking for supporters for Berry Dairy Days 2021. We’ve worked hard to create budget friendly, COVID safe, community focused events and promotions this year. Rather than a one weekend event, Berry Dairy Days festivities will be happening throughout the entire month. Among the events planned we are working on a Coloring Contest, Virtual Vendor Fair, and more! Being a supporter this year is a great opportunity to reach the community, support a beloved event, and have some fun with us celebrating the agriculture of Skagit County. New this year, we have lots of options for sponsorship trades whether that looks like printing, marketing, or prizes. Please join us on Thursday, April 15 from 2-3 PM to learn more about being a supporter of Berry Dairy Days this year.
For the full list of sponsorship opportunities please click here! updated April 17
Become a Berry Dairy Days Vendor
About the Vendor Fair
The Berry Dairy Days 2021 Vendor Fair will be taking place on our brand new, Berry Dairy Days website! The vendor fair will be hosted on the site for the entire month of June, and there will be options for vendors to participate in our “Secret Code Game”, live social media events, special features, and more. We have lots of options to help you reach your goals and stay within your budget. The entire Berry Dairy Days will be hosted on this website, with the vendor market making up the bulk of it, so in order to participate in other Berry Dairy Day events going on, participants will be coming to the website your booth will be at – just like they have done at an in-person event.
CLICK HERE to read more about the Vendor Fair
CLICK HERE to apply to be a Vendor *NOTE: "Featured Vendor" option for the following categories are no longer available: Home and Garden, Clothing and Accessories, Art and Photography
How to Become a Vendor:
*DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by 5:00PM on Friday April, 30, 2021*
2. Payment must accompany your submitted application. Accepted forms of payment are:
- Cash or Checks payable to Burlington Chamber of Commerce
- Register & Pay Online using your Credit/Debit Card with the link below.
*Non-Chamber Members please click on the right side that says "Click here to continue your event registration" to pay online.
*Vendor Application must be submitted along with payment
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
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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