VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Did you know Vista was once the Strawberry Capital of the World? The North San Diego County city invites you to celebrate its history this Sunday at the annual Vista Strawberry Festival.
In the 1960s and 1970s, strawberries from Vista were shipped around the world. The crates were so popular, strawberries in the Netherlands became known as “vistas”, according to the festival’s website.
The community celebration, to be held May 26, brings events including a run, Little Ms. Strawberry Shortcake pageant, and contests for pie eating and beer stein-holding.
Visitors can also enjoy bands, a wine and beer garden, vendors, and carnival rides.
The festival runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street and Hanes Place in downtown Vista.
Organizers encourage you to take a free shuttle from Vista Village and Main Street (in front of Five Guys) or Citrus and Eucalyptus.
See video of last year's event: