The West Tennessee Strawberry Festival is an 80-year tradition in Humboldt, an opportunity for a classic West Tennessee homecoming as people travel from across the country to enjoy the events, the food, and the fellowship of family and friends.
The very first festivals were designed as a way to market our community and all of West Tennessee in a challenging economy. Organizers went to state officials for support and came up with a celebration that included bringing the town and the surrounding community together. Those who attend are entertained, and contests and events are planned simply for enjoyment and fellowship. The Pageants, the music, the golf tournament, the horse show, the fireworks, the recipe contest, the carnival, the parades with floats and bands, the 5K & 10K runs, the festival cuisine and more are all a part of the attraction.
Amanda Love is the Executive Director of the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and considers herself Humboldt’s most vocal cheerleader. Her favorite time of year? Festival time! Amanda and her husband Jeff live in Humboldt with their spoiled dog, Cyd.
Main Street! It’s become the most exciting place in town.
The Grand Floats Parade. It highlights so many talented West Tennesseans – from bands to float builders – it’s the best part of the week.
The homemade ice cream from Country Cabin Sweets & Treat!
Since taking over the festival coordinator role in October 2018, Beth worked the previous 2 years closely with the festival in the Administrative Coordinator role at the Chamber of Commerce. Serving as the main point of contact for the festival, Beth oversees this massive event and all its moving parts.
I love eating or shopping anywhere in Humboldt and always knowing someone! This small town boasts such a high level of hospitality!
The excitement of the days leading to festival week — when the flags that line Main Street go up there is an IMMEDIATE excitement that fills the air!
Fried Pickle chips from Big O Concessions
A lifelong resident of Humboldt and former Hostess Princess Chelsea has “festival” in her blood. Her roots run deep in the festival, from riding in the parades as a young child, to building floats for her boys to ride on now. She and her husband of 11 years, Gary, now enjoy passing down their festival traditions and making new ones with their boys, Cannon and Colt.
Main Street – the shops, restaurants and movie theater are second to none!
The Grand Floats Parade! It’s the best way to top off festival week, having everyone come to my hometown to experience our great tradition!
Chicken on a Stick or the Strawberry Shortcake with Homemade Vanilla Ice cream!
Since making Humboldt her home in 1973, Betty can count on one hand the times she has had to miss festival activities! Most recently she has served on the Territorial Queen’s Pageant committee. She raised 2 sons and now has 5 grandchildren, along with 3 stepsons and 7 step grandchildren whom she is excited to experience the festival with in a new way!
I love Main Street! It is so exciting to see the visitors come to our city to enjoy shopping, a good meal or a movie!
The Atmosphere! The festival does such a great job providing a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere where everyone feels like this is home!
Definitely the shrimp on a stick from Big Drew!