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Jack Wallin – Theme Grand Marshall

Jack Wallin, the 2018 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival parade Theme Grand Marshal, has served continuously on the festival board for 60 years. He recalls how the event came to be and the early days of the festival. Wallin says before 1958 the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce had a strawberry festival with parade but [...]

Jack Wallin – Theme Grand Marshall 2018-04-19T15:02:55+00:00

Kimrie Lewis

Actress-writer-comedian Kimrie Lewis is a Los Angeles native and a third grade spelling bee champ. Kimrie is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. For five seasons, she played Reporter Ashley on ABC’s Scandal. Kimrie has made numerous TV guest appearance, including on Superstore (NBC), Two Broke Girls (CBS), The [...]

Kimrie Lewis 2018-04-19T14:40:23+00:00

Maya Jade Frank

Maya Jade Frank is 16 and is best known as Belissa on Disney's Bizaaardvark. She is also known for her roles on Broadway as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Evita with Ricky Martin, and on the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables. Maya is also a Daytime Emmy Nominee for her voiceover work on Nickeolodeon's History & Heritage and guest starred on My Haunted House and The Battery's Down. [...]

Maya Jade Frank 2018-04-19T14:47:56+00:00

Mackenzie Hancsicsak

Mackenzie Hancsicsak has been a fan of the strawberry festival for years. Her favorites are strawberry shortcake, and chocolate covered strawberries! Mackenzie is a 10 year old actress who currently appears as Young Kate on NBC’s hit show “This Is Us”. The cast won a SAG award this year for Best Ensemble for a [...]

Mackenzie Hancsicsak 2018-04-19T14:28:12+00:00

Sally Pressman

Sally Pressman can currently be seen on TBS” hit comedy “The Detour” and will next be seen recurring on the highly anticipated new season of Netflix”s “13 Reasons Why” and the NBC dramedy, “Good Girls.” Sally also recurs on the popular comedy “Younger” and was last seen on the CBS” comedy “9JKL.” Sally, best [...]

Sally Pressman 2018-04-19T14:28:03+00:00

Nicole Bilderback

Nicole “Nikki” Bilderback hails from Dallas, Tx and got her start as a dancer at the young age of 3 years old. She is proficient in contemporary, modern, lyrical, ballet, jazz and hip/hop. She is a major fitness buff and avid yogi (hot yoga), as well enjoys spin, kick boxing and is well experienced [...]

Nicole Bilderback 2018-04-17T21:22:41+00:00

Nancy Linehan Charles

Nancy Linehan Charles has been a working actress in New York and Los Angeles for 30 years.  During her fruitful career Nancy has appeared in many Guest Star or recurring roles on TV shows such as: Young Sheldon, Life In Pieces, Bosch, Getting On, NCIS: LA, 24, Criminal Minds, Vice Principals, Kevin From Work, [...]

Nancy Linehan Charles 2018-04-17T21:27:07+00:00

Paul-Mikél Williams

Paul-Mikél Williams can be seen as the young 'Anthony Sadler' in Clint Eastwood’s award-contending film, The 15:17 to Paris. The film follows the true story of American soldiers who discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train. Paul-Mikél is best recognized for his recurring role of ‘Charlie’ in HBO’s “Westworld”. He also made a [...]

Paul-Mikél Williams 2018-04-17T21:34:33+00:00

Sanai Victoria

Sanai Victoria stars as ‘Lynn’ in Tyler Perry’s new sitcom, The Paynes airing Fridays at 9/8c on OWN. Sanai will also star in the feature film XX Dead Rabbits, an anthology, out late 2018. She was most recently seen in Lifetime’s remake of Beaches as ‘Tory’, opposite Idina Menzel and Nia Long, where she [...]

Sanai Victoria 2018-04-17T21:39:28+00:00

Parker Bates

Parker Bates is a ten-year-old actor who can currently be seen playing ‘Young Kevin’, son of Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) in NBC’s hit show “This is Us”. Up next, Parker will star in the film “Magic Max” as ‘Tim Hart’, opposite Jud Tylor and Barry Corbin, releasing later this year. Parker [...]

Parker Bates 2018-04-17T21:42:09+00:00

Kristin Carey

Kristin Carey grew up in Santa Rosa and headed to Los Angeles right out of high school. She was accepted into the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Program at the University of Southern California where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Kristin has appeared in over 60 national commercials and numerous TV Shows and [...]

Kristin Carey 2018-04-17T21:45:08+00:00

Molly Jackson

Molly Jackson is a prolific young teen actress with roles ranging from comedy to science fiction and horror. Performing for people since the age of five, she loves all types of acting including TV, movies, theater and voice-over. Molly appears on Disney's "Andi Mack" (as Iris), Netflix's "American Vandal" (as Paige Wodecki), Nickelodeon shows [...]

Molly Jackson 2018-04-17T21:51:40+00:00

Sarah Bui – Miss Garden Grove 2018

Sarah Bui​ is a 22 year old graduate from Keck School of Medicine of USC with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies and a Master’s degree in Global Medicine. While at USC, Sarah was active in contributing to the Trojan family, serving as a Resident Assistant, Keck School Ambassador, and [...]

Sarah Bui – Miss Garden Grove 2018 2018-04-17T22:20:17+00:00

Sophie Nessary – Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen 2018

Sophie is a freshman at Orange County School of the Arts. She is an honor student who enjoys being part of their Acting Conservatory. Sophie is classically trained in voice, she also loves to tap dance and plays AYSO Soccer. She will serenade the audience with her classical performance of "Think Of Me" from [...]

Sophie Nessary – Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen 2018 2018-04-17T21:58:18+00:00

Emily Skinner

Emily Skinner began her acting career at the age of seven when she took a community acting class and was encouraged to meet with an agent in LA. She signed with Abrams Artists soon after and began going out on professional auditions. Since that time, Emily has guest starred on Numbers, CSI, Criminal Minds, [...]

Emily Skinner 2018-04-17T22:00:40+00:00

2017 Festival Photos & Video

Click on any of the categories below to see photos from the 2017 Strawberry Festival Contests To learn more about the winners of Strawberry Festival contests, click here. (click on any photo to see larger image) Winner: Gia Hendrick (second from right)       [...]

2017 Festival Photos & Video 2017-06-09T09:15:38+00:00

Randy Barth
2017 Theme Grand Marshall

Randy Barth is the Founder and CEO of THINK Together and the Executive Chairman of the Principal's Exchange. THINK Together is a nonprofit organization collaborating with communities, parents, and schools to help support to help create excellence and equity in education for all kids. They provide Early Learning Programs for 0-5 year old's and [...]

Randy Barth
2017 Theme Grand Marshall

Jenna Tower – California
Miss Outstanding Teen

Jenna Tower is an 18 year old senior at Pacifica High School. She was a member of the national championship dance team at Pacifica for two years but has been dancing since the age of 11. When she's not dancing, you may find her skating around town. Jenna began skating at the age of [...]

Jenna Tower – California
Miss Outstanding Teen

Raphael Alejandro

Raphael Alejandro was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the younger sibling of three. He decided to follow his older sister, Dalila Bela, and older brother, Bruce Salomon, footsteps and started acting when he was 4 years old. He immediately starting doing commercials and soon after that, he became a favorite with casting [...]

Raphael Alejandro 2017-04-28T08:13:24+00:00

Kate Flannery

Kate Flannery is an actor, writer, singer, best known for her nine seasons as Meredith the drunk on NBC’s THE OFFICE. Kate recurs on ABC’s AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Cartoon Network’s STEVEN UNIVERSE and Comedy Central’s ANOTHER PERIOD. She has guest starred on FOX’s NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE NINE and MTV’s MARY+JANE. She was in [...]

Kate Flannery 2017-04-28T08:12:05+00:00

Grace Kaufman

Grace Kaufman, a young actress making a big splash across film and television, can most recently be seen in the brand new CBS comedy MAN WITH A PLAN (October 2016) alongside Matt LeBlanc (FRIENDS). She plays the smart and witty daughter ‘Kate Burns’ who helps her dad (LeBlanc) realize what it’s like to spend more [...]

Grace Kaufman 2017-04-27T17:20:38+00:00

Trinitee Stokes

There are few words one can use when describing the actress known as The Trinitee, that do her justice. As a 10-year-old she has become a tastemaker and role model for others in her generation (and beyond). A native Mississippian, The Trinitee brings a unique exuberance to any space that she occupies. You may [...]

Trinitee Stokes 2017-04-27T15:29:14+00:00

Tom Choi

Tom Choi is well known for playing Ken Yukimura on the teen fan favorite Teen Wolf on MTV which is ends its six season run. Choi recently recurred on NCIS: LA and Agent Carter and last guest-starred on Hawaii Five-0, NCIS and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. He also wrapped roles in the upcoming [...]

Tom Choi 2017-05-12T20:12:38+00:00

Mekia Cox

Mekia Cox currently has a recurring role on the NBC hit drama Chicago Med. The consummate triple threat, Mekia Cox burst on to the scene in 2009 as one of the lead dancers on Michael Jackson's world tour turned movie This Is It. Not long after, Hollywood began to take notice of the Florida [...]

Mekia Cox 2017-04-27T17:15:54+00:00