Gales Creek – Just the thought of biting into a piece of strawberry shortcake at the 52nd Annual Gales Creek Strawberry Festival is enough to make one’s mouth water.
This year the one-day, free festival falls on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gales Creek School and the Gales Creek Church of God located at 9170 NW Sargent Road in downtown Gales Creek.
The festival, jointly hosted by the church and the Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce, is a fundraiser whose primary purpose is to raise money for scholarships to allow children to attend church camp. Some of the funds, however, also are used for other projects and ministries, as well as maintenance of the church grounds and building.
The Gales Creek Church website says new projects are funded every year by proceeds from the festival.
“The (Gales Creek) Strawberry Festival celebrates the agriculture heritage of the Gales Creek Valley,” said Chas Hundley, president of the Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce and publisher of the Gales Creek Journal. “Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the Gales Creek chamber, the Gales Creek Church of God, and our community, families from all over the Pacific Northwest can come kickoff the summer with good fun and our delicious strawberry shortcake.”
The beloved strawberry shortcake in question first was made and served to the public 52 years ago, and the women of the church still use that same old “secret family recipe” — rumor has it that even Gales Creek Church of God Pastor Tim Townley isn’t privy to the ingredients.
The festival typically draws about 1,000 hungry people who take their time enjoying and exploring local craft and food vendors, displays from public safety agencies and local law enforcement, and listening to live music.
“This event really brings the community together,” Hundley said. “People look forward to it all year, and it’s a great place for families and kids from Gales Creek, Banks, Forest Grove, and really the entire Portland region, to all come together.”
There’s still time to become a vendor and anyone who is interested can go to the Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce’s website to fill out an application.
Vendor spaces are $35 each and will be 12-feet by 12-feet. Setup begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the festival and must be completed by 10:30 a.m. After setup is completed vendors will have designated parking spaces. All vendors are expected to bring their own tables, chairs, and canopies.
Some customers and festival volunteer workers will be allowed to stop by for early shopping.
Directions to the Gales Creek Strawberry Festival can be found here on Google Maps.
For more information contact Sharon Hundley, the festival’s vendor coordinator, at 503-332-7675 or send email to info@galescreekchamberofcomme