Hundreds came out to the annual Strawberry Festival at Crossroads Park in Bellevue. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Hundreds came out to the annual Strawberry Festival at Crossroads Park in Bellevue. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Community comes together for 16th annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival

Hundreds gathered at Crossroads Park last weekend as the annual Strawberry Festival returned to Bellevue.

Hundreds came out to Crossroads Park last weekend to attend the 16th annual Strawberry Festival hosted by the Eastside Heritage Center.

The event featured live music, several food trucks and booths, as well as games and activities for all ages.

Bellevue resident Char Linnae has been to the festival for the past few years and attended this year’s event with her grandchildren on Saturday.

“I love the family focus and we feel it’s a real community event. It has nice rides, a good food balance, there is history,” she said. “It’s comprehensive and you see multi-generational families. There is always something new every year so it keeps you coming back and the park is a huge focal point. Rain or shine everyone always come out and of course there’s always strawberries so you can’t go wrong.”

Interlake High School students make and sell the festival’s strawberry shortcake treat on Saturday. From left: Hoang Nguyen, Faizan Dhankwain, and Deepnath Dey. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Interlake High School students make and sell the festival’s strawberry shortcake treat on Saturday. From left: Hoang Nguyen, Faizan Dhankwain, and Deepnath Dey. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Lindsay McNally, Interlake High School, and Alohi Holing, Sammamish High School, volunteer at the strawberry booth selling fresh strawberries. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Lindsay McNally, Interlake High School, and Alohi Holing, Sammamish High School, volunteer at the strawberry booth selling fresh strawberries. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

The Ghanaati family takes their daughter for a pony ride at the festival. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

The Ghanaati family takes their daughter for a pony ride at the festival. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

People of all ages participated in the strawberry shortcake eating contest. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo
                                People of all ages participated in the strawberry shortcake eating contest. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

People of all ages participated in the strawberry shortcake eating contest. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo People of all ages participated in the strawberry shortcake eating contest. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Kids got to try their hand at rock climbing. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Kids got to try their hand at rock climbing. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Kids strap into a harness to get massive air time on the trampoline. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Kids strap into a harness to get massive air time on the trampoline. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

The Blue Lizard Band performs on the main stage at the festival. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

The Blue Lizard Band performs on the main stage at the festival. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Families take a small train around the park. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Families take a small train around the park. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

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