1st Annual Monett Strawberry Festival
June 3rd and the 5th, 2011 5:00- 10:00PM • June 4th 8:00AM- 10:00PM
In the early 1900’s Strawberries were shipped from Monett all over the U.S.A. from the railroad, just one block south of Broadway. With that extensive history, and the fact Strawberries are in season in early June, Monett is presenting a sweet fun Festival.
The attendance to the Monett Strawberry Festival is free to the general public. All events are accessible for people with disabilities.
Here is a listing for some of the events that will be part of the Strawberry Festival
There will be local bands and musicians playing during the day on the stage at the east end of the 400 block of Broadway.
Friday evening will feature a concert by Mark Chapman
Saturday evening will feature a concert by The Timberline Bluegrass Band
There will also be performances by Captain’s Son, Angela Bennett, Robert Pommert and The Bootkickers.
All music events are free to the public.
A play about the history of Strawberries in Monett has been written, and will be performed each evening.
There will be a “Talent Show” each day, featuring acts of all kinds, from dancing and singing to juggling, it’s open, as long as it is “Family Friendly”.
A Karaoke Contest will take place on Saturday.
A “Petite” Strawberry King and Queen will be crowned at the Strawberry Festival. Children from infants to 5 years old can enter.
Poetry, Prose, Song, and Poster Contests:
In April and May we will be having contests for Grade School, Middle School, and High School students for Poetry, Prose, Songs and Posters relating to Strawberries in Monett. The winners will be showcased on stage during the Festival.
There will be a Cruise In Car Show on Saturday. The public will get to vote for their favorite cars, trucks and motorcycles in “Decade” categories.
Friday and Saturday there will be an Art Show in one of the stores on Broadway. This art show will feature Children, Teen, and adult categories. This will include Paintings, drawings, wood carvings, sculptures, photography, and “Other Media” catagories.
There will be a contest for the best Strawberry Preserves, Jams, Pies, Cakes, Cookies, and any other Strawberry related foods, as well as best “Non-Strawberry” Berry foods. This will be simular to the old County Fairs.
Inflatable Kid’s Rides:
There will inflatable kid’s rides provided by the Fun Zone from Cassville. There will be a charge for these rides.
There will Craft Booths, Food Booths, and Non-Profit Organizaing Booths. For information.
Our goal is to bring a fun event to Monett that is as refreshing as a step back into the past and relaxing as well as entertaining.
Come downtown, eat some strawberry ice cream or maybe some strawberry shortcake, enjoy the show.