Garden Grove

‘Berry spirit serves the children

PUPIL at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Garden Grove high-fives the Berry mascot on Thursday. They made sure to sanitize. Andrea Perez is at right (Orange County Tribune photo by Jim Tortolano).

There’s no Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove this year (or last) because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Strawberry Festival spirit is still alive.

This week, the Strawberry Festival Association’s directors and volunteers prepared and delivered 1,500 teddy bears and food items to special needs children in the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Traditionally, the festival has a special children’s day the week of the festival, allowing them to ride the rides and enjoy the festival before the formal opening of the festival on Memorial Day weekend.

The festival, which began in 1958, is one of the largest community events in the Western United States. A highlight is the parade featuring a celebrity grand marshal. The four-day event raises money for non-profit organizations. It’s expected to return in 2022.

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