Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest

2018 Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest

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The Strawberry Fest is planned by an all-volunteer committee whose mission is "to bring the community together".  At the event, residents, businesses, city government and non-profit organizations all come together to proudly celebrate our community.  

The Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest is a four-day, family focused event that offers something for everyone.   An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people will enjoy wonderful food, fantastic bands, a carnival and much, much more!  Families and friends come to the event to be part of the community while they relax and enjoy the kick off to summer.  Show your community support and join us for Strawberry Fest 2018  Visit our website often and we'll keep you updated on coming attractions.   We will look forward to seeing you at Kingston Park!


Greetings from the Mayor of Cottage Grove!

Welcome to the City of Cottage Grove - a community with a bright future and a rich past!  We are a family-focused, growing community of 35,000 with great neighborhoods, parks, trails and an ever expanding business district.  We are conveniently located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul on Highway 61 north of Hastings!

Our rich history includes multiple strawberry fields dotting our landscape.  During the 1960’s and 1970’s many folks, myself included, fondly recall trips to Swanlund’s or Zywiec's to pick fresh strawberries.  We carried home buckets filled to the brim with juicy berries turning them into delicious treats for everyone to enjoy.  That’s why our annual community festival has a strawberry theme - to keep that connection to our past alive!

The Strawberry Fest committee is a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure our community festival continues to grow and improve year after year after year.  And the word has gotten out as attendance goes up year after year with folks from all over the Midwest attending the festival!

I invite you to become a part of our festival!  Sponsor one of our events.  Have a booth in our Business Expo.  Be a Food Vendor.  Take part in the 80 plus unit Grande Day Parade.  Of course, we love new ideas and new events—if you have one, let us know!

I extend my sincere welcome and invitation to be a part of the Cottage Grove Strawberry Festival and look forward to seeing you at this year’s event


Myron A. Bailey

Mayor of Cottage Grove

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Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest is excited and pleased to announce applications are being accepted for the 2018 Ambassadors Scholarship Program! Information meeting will be held Thursday, April 19th, 6:30pm at Cottage Grove City Hall, doors will open at 6:15pm, for those wanting to know more about the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Ambassador Scholarship Program. What is our program is about and what we have to offer through our 2018 CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE! Young women who are ages 8-22 can join us and parents are welcome! Download a copy of the registration form our website ( – click on the Ambassador Page).