Historical Photos

Started in 1958, The Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce put on the first Garden Grove Strawberry Festival as a way to bring together the east and west sides of Garden Grove. Resident Tom Hoxie, a public relations professional, suggested a festival to celebrate the area’s then prolific strawberry fields. That first festival was held on a vacant lot in the Brookhurst Triangle, an area bordered by Garden Grove Blvd., Brookhurst St., and Brookhurst Way. To read more about the history of the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, click here.

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1959 2nd annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival cake

1959 2nd annual cake with Festival royalty

1968 Festival board w Wallin & Singer

1968 Festival board w Wallin & Singer

1966 Tournament of Drums program Bolsa Gr HS copy

1966 Tournament of Drums program Bolsa Grande HS

1966 Yearbook cover copy

1966 – Festival yearbook cover

1963 Helicopter rides

1963 Helicopter rides

1963 Helicopter rides

Jack Wallen, a festival board member since 1958, has collected these festival commemorative pins.

1963 Bolsa Grande HS

1963 Bolsa Grande HS float

1963 Cake in Showmobile

1963 – Cake being served in Showmobile

1963 car in parade

1963 – car in parade

1963 - Cake Cutting w Miss GG

1963 – Cake Cutting w Miss GG

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1968 – Connie Haines, Grand Marshal

1963 Festival grounds 2.tif

1963 – Festival grounds

1963 Festival grounds

1963 – Festival grounds

1963 - Rotary Booth

1963 – Rotary Booth

Robert Kennedy visits Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Robert Kennedy visits Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Robert Kennedy visits Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

1963 Strawberry Shippers

1963 – Strawberry Shippers

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival grounds in 1960s

Festival grounds in 1960s

 

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