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The Berry Best Strawberry Festival in Southern California Fueled by Verizon FiOS SoCal

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On a beautiful sunny Southern California day, my family and I, headed out to enjoy the gorgeous weather and fresh strawberries at the Oxnard Strawberry Festival. With plenty of music, food and fun we ended up spending most of the day at the festival creating unforgettable memories together as a family.



The minute we set foot inside of the festival gates, the kids were asking for something to eat. Of course it was what we were all thinking, with dozens of delicious strawberry treats awaiting us it was impossible to do anything but head straight for the food. The hard part was choosing what delicious strawberry creation to sink our tastebuds into. Should we start with a little strawberry wine or strawberry beer? Plain strawberries or chocolate dipped? Strawberry nachos, strawberry pizza, parfaits, funnel cake, flan, or shortcake? Deep fried or fresh? In the end, we decided to try something new and shared a bag of strawberry popcorn.



Once we satisfied our need for strawberry treats, we headed to the rides. Bypassing the kiddie rides in Strawberry land, my boys headed straight to the zip line and rope-a-phobia (a high-ropes course).


After conquering the treacherous rope course the boys were off to get some fun tattoos  (air-brush, of course).


The fun just kept on coming throughout the day as our family made our way to the wide variety of games. There was the Strawberry Tart Toss, the Strawberry Relay Race, the Berry Best Hat Contest, the Strawberry Shortcake Build Off Contest and my personal favorite, the Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest. They were the cutest little berries I’ve ever seen. My son Alex entered the Strawberry Pie Eating contest, and he made it to the second round but didn’t quite make the final cut.




After a thrilling strawberry eating competition, we visited the Verizon FiOS booth. Verizon FiOS was fueling the fun at the celebration with our kids favorite activity – a spinning wheel. Families were winning prizes throughout the festival at the Verizon FiOS booth while learning about their services offered in our community.


As the day was getting later, it was finally mommy’s turn to pursue the more than 250 artist and craft booths! There are not many things I enjoy more than arts & crafts. I am always amazed at people’s creativity! I really scored big when I stumbled onto a princess dress for my nieces “Frozen” party next month. This is currently a hard to find item and I was so excited to have found one for her to wear to her party. I was almost giddy when I also found a matching dress for her American Girl doll!


Last but certainly not least…we just had to build our own strawberry shortcake! Nothing says spring like a golden pound cake dripping with strawberries and whipped cream..



The festival was a nice treat for the family and next year they better watch out because I’m coming prepared to win the Strawberry Hat contest and the cooking contest. Save the date for next year and come cheer me on!!


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Thank you to all the wonderful farmer’s in the Oxnard community that are working hard to grow beautiful strawberries for our family to enjoy throughout the year. 


Terri Garcia has been a Southern California girl since the age of two. She has lived in Los Angeles County and both North and South Orange County. A stay-at-home mom and confessed “pinaholic”, she loves all things creative. She believes in giving back and practicing random acts of kindness. She finds joy in creating thoughtful, creative gifts, traveling, historical fiction and most importantly being mom to two very active boys. Similar to the Little Red Hen, she likes to do things herself; although in the end, she will happily share the homemade bread with family and friends.
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