The 2018 Bellevue Strawberry Festival >> Haiku Contest
Haiku ContestFor Elementary School students, grades 2-5
The Haiku Contest will be held in conjunction with Eastside Heritage Center's Bellevue Strawberry Festival, to celebrate the region's Japanese American heritage.
Pre-war Bellevue was home to approximately 25 Japanese American families, who supplied most of the strawberries for the original 1920s-1930s Lake Washington Strawberry Festival. The event was cancelled in 1942 as a result of the Japanese Internment during WWII.
The Festival was revived in 1987 and has grown to a large two-day community event, attracting over 50,000 visitors.
Highlights of the Strawberry Festival, held in Bellevue's Crossroads International Park, include fresh strawberry shortcake, entertainment, hands-on history experiences, family fun with games, clowns, face painting and strawberry shortcake eating contests, food and vendor booths and a Classic Auto Show.
Write a Haiku about Strawberries
A Haiku is a classical Japanese poetry form. The standard Haiku format is a triplet of lines containing five, seven, and five syllables per respective line.
Ladybugs are red,
And have black spots on their wings.
Experts at flying.
Winning submissions will show originality, creativity, clarity of expression, good spelling, grammar and syntax.
1st Place: $25
2nd Place: $15
3rd Place: $10
Submissions must include the authorís name, age, address, telephone number and school (contact information is needed for notification).
Submit entries to:
The Eastside Heritage Center
P.O. Box 40535
Bellevue, WA 98015
Submissions will not be returned and will become the property of the Eastside Heritage Center.
Theme: Strawberry Patches
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, June 12
Notification to Winners: Friday, June 15
Prizes will be awarded at the Strawberry Festival on Saturday.
Winning and selected Haiku will be on display at the Festival.
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