• Berry Dairy Days

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  • Strawberry Shortcake Parade Cancelled

     

    Burlington, WA— 7/22/2020We are saddened to announce that due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our county, the decision has been made to cancel the Strawberry Shortcake Parade (scheduled for July 31 – August2).

    “Unfortunately, with the resurgence of the Covid 19 virus in our county and the restrictions imposed by the Governor and Secretary of Health, the Board of Directors for the Burlington Chamber voted to cancel the 2020 Strawberry Shortcake Parade.” Peter Browning, Burlington Chamber of Commerce CEO/President said.  “We will all look forward to the 2021 Berry Dairy Days and BBQ competition.”

    The health and safety of the community, as well as our staff and volunteers are of utmost importance and our Board of Directors felt this was the safest decision. Although the Strawberry Shortcake Parade will not be happening this year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to safely supporting our community, and the success of our members.

    We understand that this is an enormous disappoint, especially to those who have celebrated Berry Dairy Days by eating strawberry shortcake with us each year. Planning for next years festival will begin this fall, and we cannot wait to celebrate with you in 2021. In the mean-time, we encourage everyone to enjoy some fresh strawberry shortcake made with delicious locally grown strawberries.

    Thank you to our Strawberry Shortcake Supporters: Haggen Food and Pharmacy, 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.

  • 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!

     

  • 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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