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Cottage Grove to have 'Strawberry Fiesta' in 2011

Next year, Tracy Detzler says, she will be sure to bring more candy.

For the second straight year, Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest organizers chose Detzler's design as the logo for the city's annual summer festival. In 2011, the celebration will be themed "Strawberry Fiesta." And it means that next June, as she did in 2010, Detzler will lead the Strawberry Fest Parade up Jamaica Avenue as its grand marshal.

"Last year I bought a lot of candy," she recalled, "but I did not have nearly enough."

The Cottage Grove mom, amateur artist and daycare provider submitted last year's winning design, "Fun in the Sun," and drew up this year's theme with similar thoughts in mind.

"I just thought it sounded like a lot of fun," Detzler said. "The parade is always a big deal; I just thought people could wear sombreros, listen to fun music. And, strawberry margaritas."

Detzler says her favorite part of the Strawberry Fest weekend in June is the Saturday parade. A candy-lover, she made sure to toss some sweets the adults' way, too, last year. This year she says she will stock up with even more -- and hopefully will find someone to ride with her in the back of the convertible that leads the annual parade.

"To be honest," she said of her turn as 2010's grand marshal, "it was a little embarrassing. But it was fun. I really do dig the parade."

The 2011 Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest is scheduled for June 17-19. For more information, go to