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62nd Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival "Celebrating Essential Workers," May 27 - 30

by: Steve Moyer
Published: May 23, 2022


GARDEN GROVE...62nd Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, “Celebrating Essential Workers,” Memorial Day Weekend, Friday – Monday, May 27 – 30, 2022, Village Green Park at Main Street and Euclid Street in Garden Grove, CA.  FREE Admission four-day Festival with FREE Entertainment and FREE Strawberry Shortcake at the Kick-Off Event on Friday night, May 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Festival Hours will be 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27th; 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th;and 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30th.
33 Carnival Rides, 5 Contests With Prizes, 153 Food Vendors, 18 Game Booths With Prizes, VIP Pancake Breakfast, Jaguar Car Show, Book Signings, Step and Repeat Banner Selfie Photo Ops with the Strawberry Festival Mascot, and more!

On Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m., KATHY GARVER, best known as “Cissy” in the television show, “Family Affair” will serve as Parade Celebrity Grand Marshal and TOM DaRé,Police Chief of The City of Garden Grove will serve as Parade Theme Grand Marshal.  Celebrities include:  Ed Alonzo, Neile Adams McQueen, Madison McQueen, Chase McQueen, French Stewart, Vanessa Claire Stewart, Sheridan Pierce, Pyper Braun, Evan Lê, Rosalyn Bryant Clark, Breanna Clark, Kate Linder,
Scott Travis, Michael David, Cathi Parrish and Topanga Scherf, Miss Garden Grove 2022.
Performers over the four-day Festival include: Warm-Up Band, Class Act, will perform from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday, May 27 – 29.  Get Your Wings, an Aerosmith Tribute Band, will perform on Friday, May 27 from 8:30 – 10:00 pm.; Green Today, a Green Day Tribute Band, will perform on Saturday, May 28 from 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.; on So Petty, a Tom Petty Tribute Band, will perform from 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.  On  Monday, May 30, Foundations Dance Company will perform from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., followed by Durty Watur Band, a 70s, 80s and 90s band, which will perform from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

DJ Gummo (Josh Macintosh) will be spinning records and hosting Open Mike Karaoke at the outdoor Showmobile from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27 and then from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28, 29 and 30.  Additionally on Monday, May 30, the 70s, 80s and 90s Band, Full Spectrum, will perform from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Members of the general public can pre-register to participate in Festival Contest online at as well as in person on the Festival grounds on the day of each Contest.  Below is information about the Rules and Regulation for each Contest.  Trophies will be awarded to winners.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

Tiny Tot King and Queen Contest (Friday, May 27th)

Does your 3-6 year-old deserve a Royal Crown?  If so, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Association is searching for the 2022 Strawberry Festival Tiny Tot King and Queen.
4:00 p.m., Friday, May 27th at the Garden Amphitheater, 12852 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA.
In-Person sign-ups at the Garden Amphitheater from 3:00 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. on the day of the contest.
Participants must arrive before 3:55 p.m.  Late arrivals will not be able to participate. Use the main entrance and proceed to the floor of the theater and up the steps located to the right.  All eligible contestants will be accepted.
Participants must be 3 years of age before May 27, 2022 and not older than 6 years old prior to May 27, 2022.  Age categories for judging:  3 years old, 4 years old, 5 years old and 6 years old.  One boy and one girl finalist will be chosen in each represented age category and each finalist will receive a trophy. Participants should be dressed in party attire, but NO COSTUMES OR MAKE-UP! Those wearing costumes and/or make-up, will be disqualified.  The judges have been instructed not to judge on attire.
The Tiny Tots King and Queen winners MUST be available to ride in the parade on Saturday May 28th and attend the VIP Pancake Breakfast in the Community Center prior to the Parade at 8:00 a.m.  Finalist Winners from previous Garden Grove Strawberry Festival contests are not eligible to compete.
The finalists from each age category will then compete in a run off to determine our 2022 Tiny Tots King and Queen.  They will ride in the Saturday, May 28th  Festival Parade.  Decisions of the judges will be final.


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