This Small Town in Oklahoma is the Strawberry Capital of the World
Did you know there's a small town in Oklahoma known as the strawberry capital of the world? While the Sooner State is probably better known for its watermelon and peaches, but we also have strawberries.
As a matter of fact, these are some of the very best strawberries you'll ever eat. So where exactly is the strawberry capital of the world? It's the town of Stilwell, OK. located in Adair County in Northeast Oklahoma.
Stilwell, OK. has been the strawberry capital of the world since 1947
Every year the town of Stilwell, OK. hosts an annual strawberry festival on the second Saturday in May. This year will mark the 76th annual and it's sure to be one of the biggest and best strawberry festivals yet.
The town was given the honor of being named the "Strawberry Capital of the World" back in 1949 by the Oklahoma Governor and Legislature of the time. In those days strawberries were a major crop in Stilwell, OK.
Every year on the second Saturday in May the Strawberry Festival kicks off in Stilwell, OK.
Throughout the Great Depression and World War II strawberries was one of the main crops throughout Adair County. The first Stilwell strawberry festival took place in 1947/1948 and has been going strong ever since.
If you've never been to the festival you're missing out. Also if you like or love strawberries and have never tried a Stilwell, OK. strawberry they really are in a class all to themselves. We're talking next-level tasty!
Hit play on the video below to learn more about Stilwell, OK. & the strawberry festival
This year the festival will take place on Saturday, May 13th (05-13-23) marking the 76th annual. There's going to be a parade, rodeo, carnival, live music, games, vendors and of course strawberries galore.
You'll find all kinds of strawberry eats and treats from pies, ice cream, jellos, and puddings to jams, jellies, candies, and cakes. You can also purchase fresh strawberries and there are plenty of samples and try ones.
The annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival features food, games, rides, and more!
Now's the time to start planning ahead for this year's festival. You can visit the official Stilwell Strawberry Festival website for all the details. You can also stay up to date with the festival on their Facebook page.
If you're interested in being a vendor at the 2023 Stilwell Strawberry Festival applications are now being accepted. The deadline to apply and have all your fees and paperwork submitted is Thursday, May 4th 2023 (05-03-23). You can Click here for all the information, vendor, and food service details and apply.