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80th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

May 8, 2021 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Free

In the early 1900’s Portland’s big industry was “strawberries”.  In addition to the large number of farms and agricultural businesses growing the country’s finest berries, there was a creating factory, a fruit processing plant, a canning factory, and a freezing facility producing strawberries for Breyers Ice Cream and other national brands.

During the peak of the strawberry business Portland would ship out 30 railroad cars a day.  Portland started hosting the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival in 1941, and that tradition continues today.  Each year in mid-May the festival brings 30,000+ people together to celebrate the importance of the strawberry industry to Portland’s heritage. 

Portland has become more industrialized over the past few decades, but we still have several local strawberry farmers who bring strawberries to sell at the Festival & have pick-your-own farms available in the area. We can’t predict what the strawberry crop will look like each year as the weather plays a huge factor in the size of the strawberry crop, but our community still celebrates together each May the importance strawberries have on our town’s heritage.

We hope you will join us this year to celebrate! The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival provides an opportunity for people to travel to Portland to enjoy the events, the food, the community and the small-town feel of Portland with family & friends.

May 4 – Carnival begins at Richland Park
5pm to close (Armbands $20 each)

May 5 – Carnival at Richland Park
5pm to close (Armbands $20 each)

May 6 – Farmers Market Grand Opening
Gazebo Parking Lot (100 E. Market Street)
3:30pm – 7:00 pm

May 6 – Carnival at Richland Park
5pm to close (Armbands $20 each)

May 7 – Strawberry Jam Concert & Fireworks
5pm – Food vendors & live music begins
7pm – Resurrection – A Journey Tribute

8:30pm – Fireworks
*Bring a chair or rent one for $2 (while supplies last)*

May 7 – Carnival at Richland Park
3pm to close (Armbands $25 each)

May 8 – 80th Annual Middle TN Strawberry Festival
7-11am – Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast
Portland First Baptist Gym
$7 Adults / $4 Kids
8am – Strawberry Stride 5K Walk/Run
Portland High School (600 College Street)
9am – KidTown USA
Main Street ($5 for all day play)
9am – Vendors open
10pm – FREE Shuttle starts at Portland High School
600 College Street
10am – Strawberry Farmers on Highway 109
10am – Strawberry Jam – free live music
Stages located off Market Street & Section C Vendor area
10am – Where are you From Map & Festival T-shirts
10am – Mechanical Bull (Section C off McGlothlin Street)
$5 per ride – cash only
11am – Magic Show (N. Russell Street stage)
12:30-3:30pm – Robocars (in Section C off McGlothlin Street)
1pm to close – Carnival at Richland Park (Armbands $25 each)
1-3pm – Bingo
1pm – Magic Show (N. Russell Street stage)
3pm – Magic Show (N. Russell Street stage)
3pm – Mascot Meet & Greet
3:45pm – Mascot Race
4pm – Parade

Details

Date:
May 8, 2021
Time:
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Downtown Portland
106 Main Street
Portland, TN 37148 United States
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Phone:
615-325-9032
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