A Little History…
What began in 1973 as a one-day event on the grounds of the Coatesville City Hall, has grown into a four-day extravaganza on the ground of Brandywine Hospital attracting over 25,000 guests. Originally organized by the nurses at the Coatesville Hospital to raise funds for a nursing scholarship, the festival grew to be one of Brandywine Hospital’s most successful fund raising events.
More than fifteen years ago, the Brandywine Health Foundation took over the Strawberry Festival and since then the festival has grown in size and stature and become a significant source of revenue for the foundation, allowing us to give back more to the community each and every year. Although Brandywine Hospital still hosts the Festival and generously donates over $10,000 of in-kind services, since 2001, the Strawberry Festival has benefited a variety of health and human service organizations in the community.
We are thrilled to announce that proceeds from the Strawberry Festival will be directed to the Coatesville Community. Four local organizations: Coatesville Area Public Library, Coatesville Rotary Club, Coatesville Youth Initiative and the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company will receive funds raised from this event.
The Strawberry Festival Today…
Building on more than 4 decades of success, the Strawberry Festival has become one of the most highly anticipated, family oriented events in our area. This spring, the beautiful grounds of the Brandywine Hospital will be bursting with exciting entertainment, family fun, food, laughter, music and more at the annual Strawberry Festival.
Right now, plans for the Annual Strawberry Festival are in full gear. After the record breaking success of the past few years, the festival committee continues its commitment to bring fresh ideas and exciting additions to the festival every year and this year’s Strawberry Festival promises to be the best ever!
Admission is free and there is non-stop excitement for kids of all ages. Everyone will enjoy the rides located on the Majestic Midway as well as the on-going entertainment on the main stage. Throughout the festival grounds, visitors will be entertained by Magicians, Jugglers and other strolling entertainers, while Disney, Sesame Street and Nickelodeon characters greet families and provide great photo opportunities!
Young festival visitors will flock to Strawberryland, one of the festival’s most popular areas featuring moon bounces, inflatable slides, and much more. Strawberryland allows kids to bounce and play all day long with the purchase of a very affordable wristband!
Everyone will enjoy the vast array of festival food including our famous strawberry shortcake, a festival tradition not to be missed! And, your time at the festival would not be complete without strolling though our Craft and Business Vendor area for some shopping!
Finally, don’t miss our SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA which takes place on Friday as part of our T.G.I.F. with non-stop live bands rocking the main stage! The rain date is Saturday when the main stage will be lit up again with nonstop music provided by some of the area’s most popular bands.
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