Eastside Heritage Center to host Bellevue Strawberry Festival

The event will take place on June 23 and June 24.

Eastside Heritage Center is gearing up for its annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival, presented by BECU.

The event will happen on June 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and June 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Crossroads International Park.

Volunteer positions are still available. Volunteer jobs include serving up strawberry shortcake, event set-up, selling tickets for the games, answering questions at the information booth, and many other festival activities. Locals can contact volunteer@bellevuestrawberryfestival.org to sign-up.

Locals can also consider entering their classic car into the Annual Strawberry Festival Classic Auto Show, sponsored by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Participants can show off their classic rides and be judged by public ballot for a variety of categories, including Best Pre-WWII, Best Post-WWII, Oldest at Show, Owner’s Choice, Youth’s Choice, and Best Un-restored Original. All participants will receive a dash plaque. Trophies are given to winners in each of the above categories. Entry forms and details are available on the Strawberry Festival website.

The 2018 Bellevue Strawberry Festival presented by BECU will feature non-stop entertainment on the BECU Main Stage that will be rockin’ with a variety of performances, ranging from big band music, to Bollywood dance, cheer performances, magic, clowns and classic rock.

Attendees will also enjoy delicious strawberry shortcake, hands-on history activities and exhibits presented by Eastside Heritage Center, and fresh produce from local farmers. There will be food for all tastes and over 100 vendor booths, from hand crafts to home improvement.

The Family Fun Area will be abuzz all weekend long, with pony rides, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloons, the Mini-Mountain rock-climbing wall and a big purple slide. In addition there will be a Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will have the chance to see up close and touch equipment that is used for construction projects on the Eastside, get inside a Metro bus, and see a Bellevue police car and fire engine.

New this year is Puget Sound Energy’s Electric Car Ride and Drive event on June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Locals can choose from several makes and models to test drive.

There will be free parking and shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes from Highland Middle School and Sherwood Forest Elementary.

For all inquiries on Strawberry Festival involvement, including volunteer opportunities and the Classic Auto Show, visit www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org.