2013 Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest
The Strawberry Fest is planned by an all-volunteer committee whose mission is "to bring the community together". At the event, residents, businesses, city government and non-profit organizations all come together to proudly celebrate our community.
Greetings from the Mayor of Cottage Grove!
Welcome to the City of Cottage Grove! Cottage Grove is a vibrant, business friendly and family focused community on the Southeast side of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area! We are located about 20 minutes south of St. Paul on Highway 61! The City of Cottage Grove has a bright future and a great deal of history! Part of this history was the fields of strawberries that dotted our community in the early days of Cottage Grove. Many people around the upper Midwest came to Cottage Grove to pick fresh strawberries from Swanlund’s. I personally remember eating as many strawberries as my mom would pick! It was a fun time and a family tradition that I will remember forever. To keep that tradition alive, we decided to keep the Strawberry focused theme as our Community Festival! We have a very passionate and dedicated festival committee that continues to build a bigger and better festival every year! Attendance continues to grow as word gets out about our great event! We have people coming from all around the upper Midwest to attend our Festival!
I encourage you to become a part of this great community event! Whether it’s sponsoring an event, having a booth in the business expo, being in the Grande Day Parade, or just being a part of the festivities, I would like to extend my sincere welcome and invitation to be a part of the best that Cottage Grove has to offer! Become a part of the Cottage Grove Strawberry Festival
I look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!
Myron A. Bailey
Mayor of Cottage Grove
The Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Committee would like to congratulate Lauren Bafels who submitted the winning entry for the 2012 Strawberry Fest Logo Contest and will be invited to act as the Grand Marshal for the Strawberry Fest Parade on June 16, 2012! Lauren is 23 years old and lives in Cottage Grove. She moved here from Cedar Rapids, IA when she was three years old. Lauren attended school in District 833, graduating from Park High School in 2006. In the Spring of 2011 she graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Fine Arts degree and Magna Cum Laude honors and currently works in the school district part time. Her most exciting news this year was being proposed to at Midway Stadium, home of the Saint Paul Saints, during a game. (She said yes!) Her hobbies include bicycling, creating mix media artwork, listening to all kinds of music and planning for her wedding. Lauren is currently seeking employment as a full time graphic designer.
2013 Winning Entry