***Over 20 acts on the Main Stage***
***Plus many more performances at several additional stages***
***Friday and Saturday late night at Amy’s Orchid Lounge***
***Audience participation at the Band Scramble and The Breakfast Club***
***Workshop performances by Main Stage artists***
***The Sunday Morning Revival***
***Legendary camp jam culture***
***The Strawberry Way is kindness, cooperation, and consideration***
***Hog Ranch Radio is pirate broadcast of performances and important information***
***Music, movement, art, and nature workshop***
***Three full days of children’s activities and entertainment***
***Plus special programming for teen
***Shopping opportunities include original artisan’s wares, delicious cuisine in the Food Court, one of a kind festival merchandise, as well as instrument, accessory and repair***
***Magical musical moments***
***Family friendly, all inclusive atmosphere***
***Smiling, laughing, and fun!***
The Hog crew operates a low power FM radio station, which exists only at the Strawberry Music Festivals. Besides transmitting virtually all of the live music from the Main Stage in stereo, the Hog’s mission is to reflect the spirit and the sounds of Strawberry back to itself. In addition to remote broadcasts including the Band Scramble, the Breakfast Club, Play Stage performances, and special fireless Campfire Jams, we also utilize the Hog to keep our audience safe and informed throughout the festival. If you’d like to see how pirate radio works at the festival, take the Hog tour on Saturday morning. Don’t forget to stop by the Hog tent to purchase a one of a kind Hog Ranch Radio T-Shirt.
Camp musicians one and all gather at 1:00 pm on Thursday to kick off the weekend’s festivities. Hosted by Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower, all musicians are invited to bring their instruments and get randomly blended into a band. Each group has one hour to come up with a band name, 2 songs, a joke, and create a Hog Radio station ID. Then after the hour of practice is up, it’s a live show and broadcast on the radio! The champion is chosen by audience response and the winner will take home silly prizes and bragging rights. It’s a fun event to see in person and or hear live on Hog Ranch Radio while setting up camp! Sign-ups take place on Thursday at noon.
The Hog’s typical broadcast day begins with the Breakfast Club on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Head on down to the Breakfast Club for homemade morning music live or enjoy it with your morning coffee on the Hog. Anyone can perform at the Breakfast Club and earn a free breakfast while doing so. Signs ups to play the Breakfast Club take place on the preceding afternoon at the Hog tent.
Strawberry brings you the Revival from 9:00 am -11:00 am on Sunday morning. Not just a gospel show, the Revival is a celebration of music and the human spirit. A great way to kick off the last day of the festival, The Revival is best enjoyed in person, but you can always stay in bed and hear it on Hog Ranch Radio. The Revival showcases festival favorites with a flair for reverence and has always begun with storyteller B.Z. Smith spinning our berry beautiful yarn. Stick around after the Revival and enjoy the Kids Parade.
Activities For All Ages – Kids of all ages can delight in a variety of activities including musical performances for kids, storytelling, the “Sunday Story Swap”, yoga, dance workshops (swing, contra, Caribbean, aerobics, and more), art & photography workshops, Fiddle for Kids and Adults, New Games, nature programs, family sing-a-longs, and much more. A highlight of the weekend’s festivities is the Strawberry Kids’ Parade on Sunday morning after the Revival. You will find a complete list of the activities offered at the festivals by looking at your festival program when you arrive.
The Strawberry Kids’ activities feature a full lineup of music, arts & crafts, nature programs, dance & music workshops, storytelling, and more. Four separate programs are designed for age-specific interests while other activities are appropriate for all ages, including adults! Many of our arts & crafts activities incorporate the use of recycled materials to encourage awareness and appreciation of creative reuse. Programs are free and materials are provided. Our staff consists of talented and enthusiastic teachers, naturalists, artists, musicians, and parents whose goal is to provide your Strawberry Kid an optimum, mega-fun festival experience. We are not staffed to provide day-care service, therefore we require children under 6 years old be accompanied by an adult when in the play area. Materials used are non-toxic and most washable, but make sure and bring clothes that may be “color enhanced”.
Activities for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 5 and under are designed to be process oriented and interactive. Young ones will find many opportunities for exploring their curiosity and creativity in a colorful, stimulating environment. Paint, glue, and play dough are in abundance! Whether creating a colorful collage, spattered paint masterpiece, or any number of other exciting projects, these busy little people will find plenty of amusing activities.
10-12 year olds have a special program of their own, with arts & crafts designed to challenge inquiring minds and maturing hands. Marble painting, wax hands, dream catchers, and wire sculpture are just a few examples of the resourceful Mid Kid crafts. Mid Kids will also play cooperative “New Games” and gather for evening stories around a “Fireless Campfire” or a rousing game of Capture the Flag.
The Teen Program, for ages 13-17, offers a diverse program of activities throughout the festival, including the Teen Dance, “Open Mic”, Movie Night, Underground Radio Basics workshop, “BabyBack Radio” (89.5 FM) entirely broadcast by Strawberry Teens, and more. Arts & crafts activities have included henna tattoos, mirror etching, and tie-dye (be sure to bring something white to tie-dye).
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