Marysville Strawberry Festival is on, but key ingredient is late

Local berries have been slow to arrive due to cold weather. But the festivities will go on, including a carnival and parade.


MARYSVILLE — After a two-year hiatus, the Marysville Strawberry Festival is back.

But where are the berries?

Strawberries have been slow to ripen due to this spring’s cold, wet weather, according to two Snohomish County farmers.

“It’s made them about 10 days later than normal, maybe even up to two weeks,” said Mike Biringer of Biringer Farms. In addition, the rain has made fields soggy and difficult to work.

Depending on the weather, the farm plans to open its strawberry U-pick fields in Arlington on Thursday, Biringer said. It will have an early season variety available, with two more varieties yet to ripen.

The festival, started in 1932, celebrates Marysville’s formerly abundant strawberry fields. The event is traditionally held the third week of June.

Gail Frost, president of the Marysville Strawberry Festival, said this isn’t the first year the festival hasn’t lined up with Mother Nature.

Berries or no berries, the festival expects a good turnout. It kicked off with a golf tournament last weekend and features events through Sunday.

“We’ve had such a great response, so I know we’re going to be really busy,” Frost said.

There will be adult tricycle races at 6 p.m. Thursday, a berry run at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and a grand parade at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday down State Avenue. A carnival will open Thursday through Sunday at Marysville Middle School, and there will be a market with vendors Friday through Sunday at Asbery Field.

Musical performances are set for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon.

A strawberry shortcake eating contest will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Asbery Field. The Daily Herald could not confirm the origin of the berries that will be featured in the contest.

The full schedule can be found at

For those missing strawberries, the fruit may be sweetest in the weeks after the festival. Biringer expects his U-pick to open every day through mid-July.

In Snohomish, the strawberries at Bailey Farm are running about two weeks behind, Don Bailey said. The farm runs a strawberry and vegetable U-pick.

“I’m sure people will be able to get strawberries in July this year, which is pretty late,” he said.

Despite the challenges, Biringer expects a good crop. He hopes for drier weather. When it rains and temperatures warm, that can cause mold on the berries, he said.

“So far I don’t expect the yield to be down, unless they get affected by a lot of inclement weather during our harvest,” he said. “Right now, it’s looking very good.”

Jacqueline Allison: 425-339-3434;; Twitter: @jacq_allison.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Everett boy, 12, identified as Davies Beach drowning victim

Malachi Bell was one of three swimmers in distress Sunday in Lake Stevens. He did not survive.

Port of Everett hosting annual open house after pandemic hiatus

Also, Rustic Cork Wine Bar plans to open a second shop at Fisherman’s Harbor — the latest addition to the port’s “wine walk.”

Police: Marysville man shot sword-wielding roommate in self-defense

The roommates were arguing over eBay sales, according to police. Then one of them allegedly brandished a two-foot sword.

The Tulalip Tribes have joined state and local leaders in calling on residents to stay home when not performing certain essential activities. Six Tulalip Tribes members had tested positive for COVID-19, including a tribal elder who died of the disease, according to the tribes. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tulalips say US Supreme Court ruling undermines tribal sovereignty

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote: “Indian country is part of the State, not separate from the State.”

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)
With influx of patients, Everett hospital’s ER is overwhelmed

Providence set up a command center and diverted resources. A nurse said we’re watching “the collapse of health care.”

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Monroe in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Search begins in earnest for Monroe interim superintendent

Meanwhile, Superintendent Justin Blasko is still on leave, and school officials are keeping quiet about his future.

Michelle Koski (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)
Genealogy helps crack 1990 Snohomish County homicide of Seattle teen

Michelle Koski was 17. Her body was recovered near Maltby. A Seattle neighbor was identified as the suspect Thursday.

Granite Falls
Granite Falls man died after crashing into tree

Kenneth Klasse, 63, crashed June 14. He was pronounced dead a week later. Police continued to investigate.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist dies in crash near Lake Stevens

Around 10 p.m., a motorcyclist and a passenger car crashed north of Lake Stevens. The man driving the motorcycle died.

Most Read