The Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Strawberry Festival, is a four-day event hosted by the Brandywine Hospital and generally held around the first weekend of June. Disney, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street characters greet visitors and provide excellent photo opportunities. Admission is free, and there are nonstop activities and entertainment for the whole family, including live performances on the main stage. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Majestic Midway rides and games in Strawberryland and the Berry Blast Zone. The festival's food has an international culinary flair, including its famous strawberry shortcake!
Activities and Entertainment
The Strawberry Festival includes activities for all ages, such as pony rides, a kids' fishing rod casting contest, a playground, adult line dancing, inflatable jousting, a used book sale, arts and crafts vendors and a raffle with valuable prizes. Dress your child in a creative strawberry costume to enter them in the Strawberriest Kids Contest. Prizes to first, second and third place winners are awarded and given the titles Top Berry, Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Jam. Entertainment includes magic shows, juggling, balloon sculptures an 8-foot tall stilt walker, popular local bands and singing groups, an impressive fireworks display and more.
Rides and Games
Rides and games abound in Strawberryland and the Berry Blast Zone. Strawberryland is for children 7 years old and under and includes a moon bounce, a Mickey Mouse fun house, a trackless train, an inflatable obstacle course, inflatable slides and free carnival-type games. The Berry Blast Zone is for older kids and adults, showcasing a bungee run, wrecking ball, boxing, mechanical surfboard and an extreme rock climbing wall.
All rides require tickets. At time of publication, prices were $1.25 for single tickets, 20 for $20, 56 for $50 or a wristband for $22 that can be used on an unlimited number of rides. Kiddie rides require two to three tickets, and large rides require three to five. Purchased tickets are valid any day of the festival. Large rides have height restrictions for children less than 36 inches.
Food vendors offer choices the entire family will find appetizing and affordable, such as the traditional hot dog and hamburger, fresh-squeezed lemonade, cheese steak sandwiches, barbecue spareribs, crab cakes, kettle corn, funnel cake and strawberry shortcake. International options include Italian, Cajun and Greek.
Location and Transportation
The Strawberry Festival is held on the grounds of the Brandywine Hospital, located at 201 Reeceville Road. Parking near the Festival is located off Reeceville Road at North Brandywine Middle School and off Fisherville Road with shuttle services available to the festival grounds. There is also a free Park & Ride Strawberry Shuttle to and from the festival. The shuttle picks up passengers at the Kmart in Thorndale and runs continuous loops throughout the evening.
About the Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival began as a one-day event at the Coatesville City Hall in 1973. The Brandywine Hospital has sponsored the Festival since 2001. The Strawberry Festival is the Hospital's most successful fundraising event and draws more than 25,000 guests and participants. The event benefits community health and human service organizations and area public service initiatives through the Brandywine Health Foundation, and donates more than $20,000 in health services.
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