The 2018 Bellevue Strawberry Festival >> Haiku Contest

Haiku Contest

For 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.

For example:
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.

Call 425.450-1049

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