We went to the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival for the first time today. We had seen ads running on TV and it looked like a really great time. Since we are busy Sundays we decided to go on Saturday. I was particularly excited to have a Strawberry Shortcake because they were continually shown on their ads.
The Good: The parking was paved. If you’ve ever been to the Kern County Fair, you’re pretty used to parking in dirt. I don’t know it they have other parking, but we arrived early so got a decent spot.
The sights and sounds are great for small children and keep their interest. There were numerous small free areas for young children, which included a putting green, bean-bag toss and more that kept the kids interest for a while.
There was a Strawberry tasting area in a building that gave you three strawberries to rate. I can honestly say the green label was the best, sweetest, strawberry I’ve ever had.