Four children dressed in strawberry costumes on a float at the Strawberry Festival (1986). From Redland Libraries digitised local history collection. http://redl.sdp.sirsidynix.net.au/client/search/asset/1004706

Local history – celebrating strawberries in the Redlands

Four children dressed in strawberry costumes as part of the Strawberry Festival (1986). From Redland Libraries digitised local history collection. http://redl.sdp.sirsidynix.net.au/client/search/asset/1004706

Four children dressed in strawberry costumes as part of the Strawberry Festival parade (1986)

Strawberries have been synonymous with the Redlands for decades and the city’s annual spring festival has celebrated this sweet red fruit since 1958, when local strawberry farmers with a glut of produce revived the concept of a strawberry festival for the district.

Over the past six decades, Redfest has evolved into a much-loved weekend of music, food and culture featuring hundreds of performers, sideshow alley, fireworks and a strawberry-eating competition.

A festival created by the community for the community, Redfest continues to deliver worldclass entertainment while showcasing up-and-coming local talent for the whole family. With Australian rock band Taxiride, the 25th national town crier championship and an abundance of strawberries ripening in readiness, come along and discover the magic of Redfest from 2-4 September at the Cleveland Showgrounds! Visit Redfest for more information.

This image of four children dressed in strawberry costumes as part of the Strawberry Festival parade in 1986 is from the Local History and Heritage Collection at Redland Libraries. Redland Images is one of the digitised collections available online from Redland Libraries. Search an ever-growing collection of photographs by suburb or subject, many donated by members of the public. It’s never been easier to take a trip down memory lane or learn more about our early history. Take a look at Redlands Images today.

 

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