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California Strawberry Festival, Oxnard- May 17 & 18, 2014 - Has anyone been in the past?

hhc May 3, 2014 12:35 AM

I read a passing mention on the CA Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. Has anyone been in the past? They charge for admission and fees for food is extra it looks like. Free shuttle available to avoid $10 parking fee.

CA Strawberry Festival
At the Strawberry Meadows of College Park
3250 South Rose Ave, Oxnard

Website:
http://strawberry-fest.org/

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    glbtrtr RE: hhc May 3, 2014 11:35 AM

    Sure, it's fun. Just like the Avocado Festival in Carpinteria - worth at least one trip. Or go to Boccali's in Ojai for their real short-bread strawberry short-cake.

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      Naamans RE: hhc May 9, 2014 02:42 PM

      I have been several times, but will not go again. The reason - crowds. The event has outgrown its space, so it is not only crowded at the Strawberry Festival but difficult to get to (whether you drive or use the shuttle buses). If you cannot tell, I do not like large crowds.

      And all the $12 entry fees gets you is a few bands......and they do not even get the better local bands. Everything costs extra once inside.

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        bulavinaka RE: Naamans May 24, 2014 01:20 PM

        Agreed. We went a while back (maybe 8-10 years ago) and found it too crowded even back then. The strawberry-themed food and drinks didn't really impress me either. Strawbs were (for the most part) supermarket quality being used in standard ways for the most part. One will probably spend at least $50-70 on average after all is said and done.

        This place also gets very dusty. The shade cover is limited too. If it's a sunny day, it can get pretty hot, especially if you have kids.

        The shuttle inbound is okay - no issues. But the shuttle out was actually pretty dangerous for us. The lines got long, people got impatient, the sun was strong, buses would show, and folks would just start walking, then running up to the buses - the lines became obsolete. My kids were pretty small at the time, and as the crowds started running toward the bus that just arrived, I had to wrap my arms around my kids and bend into the oncoming crowd so my kids wouldn't get trampled - and we were in line. After taking out a few oncoming line-jumpers with forearm thrusts and shoulder heaves, people got the hint that they needed to chill. My daughter was in a daze and my son was crying. Needless to say, we will never go back.

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