• Berry Dairy Days

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  • Strawberry Shortcake Parade Date Officially Announced

     

    Burlington, WA— 6/2/2020We are pleased to announce that the Strawberry Shortcake Parade in Burlington will take place on July 31 - August 2, 2020.
     
    “Though Berry Dairy Days Festival weekend 2020 is canceled, due to the amount of support from the Skagit community and Burlington chamber members, we have been able to keep the Traditional Strawberry Shortcake Booth going this year. Thank you all for the support.,” said Steph Vervaart, Burlington Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations.
     
    The Parade is a way for us to carry on a beloved Berry Dairy Days tradition: Strawberry Shortcake. This is not your average parade though; you will get shortcake and it will feature a dunk tank! It will be a drive thru strawberry shortcake stand. Guests will get to decorate their vehicles like they are going to be in the Berry Dairy Days Grand Parade!
     
    Here’s how it works:
    1.There will be a Strawberry Shortcake drive thru (location TBD) you just hop in your car and get in line (BONUS: Decorate your car like you’re going to be in the grand parade, you might even win Strawberry Shortcake!!!)
     
    2.Once you’re line, let us know how many Strawberry Shortcakes you’d like and pay for your order! It will be $5 per shortcake.
     
    3.While you wait, we will have fun activities to do safely from your car. For example, a “throw from your car” dunk tank!
     
    4.When you reach the front of the line, we will have your delicious Strawberry Shortcake ready to go!
     
    5.Enjoy your to-go Strawberry Shortcake!
     
    “We can’t wait to see you all there,” said Peter Browning, Burlington Chamber of Commerce CEO. “and I will be one of the victims of the dunk tank. So warm up your throwing arm, and let’s see what you got!”
     
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 31, 11 am – 5 pm
    Saturday, August 1, 11 am – 5pm
    Sunday, August 2, 11 am – 4 pm
     
    Location: TBD
     
     
    Thank you to our supporter Haggen Food and Pharmacy for providing the shortcake and thank you to our strawberry shortcake supporters Lemley Chapel, Banner Power Solutions, Brown McMillen Real Estate, Cedar Country Lumber, Fortiphi, Hampton Inn and Suites, Secret Harbor, Skagit Adult Day Program, Skagit Aggregates, Skagit Auto Licensing, Sweetpea Memories Photography, Tucker Reality, Skagit Publishing and 102.1 KAPS Country, 102.9 KBRC Classic Rock.
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  • Strawberry Recipe Call

    This year we are asking the community to submit their favorite strawberry recipes, for a chance to be in a special edition Strawberry Shortcake Parade Cookbook! The recipes can be sweet, savory, dessert, breakfast, beverage, or any recipe you love to make that features strawberries. We will be accepting recipe submissions starting June 24 - July 8th.

    To Submit a recipe please send your name, the recipe and a photo of your creation to either of the following:

    Email: marketing@burlington-chamber.com

    Direct Message: @berrydairydays

     

    By submitting a recipe you agree to allow Berry Dairy Days and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to share/distribute your recipe, photo submitted, and name associated with the recipe. 

  • Thank you to our Strawberry Shortcake Parade supporters!

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  • Berry Dairy Days will be back in 2021 stay tuned for 2021 Announcements, Vendor, Supporter, and Parade Applications!

  • 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 83 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. The Burlington Chamber has added many activities to this fun-filled weekend but the essence remains all these decades later with a Grand Parade, Festival in the Park and endless amounts of strawberry shortcake all weekend long.

    Join us for a weekend full of community events, including a BBQ Battle and strawberry shortcake! 

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  • Stay in Burlington

    Want to experience all of Berry Dairy Days? Why not book a room? Burlington has a number of fantastic hotels for every budget that you can stay at for Berry Dairy Days weekend.

    Be sure to book the room you want early, as they book up quickly closer to the event!

     

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  • 2019 Berry Dairy Days Road Run Results

    Register for the 2020 Run Here

    2019 Berry Dairy Days Parade Competition Winners

    1st Place: Burlington-Edison High School Dance Team

    2nd Place: Burlington-Edison High School Cheerleaders

    3rd Place: Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, Stanwood

    2019 Berry Dairy Days Coloring Contest Winners

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