OXNARD, Calif. - The California Strawberry Festival isn't until May, but events to get you to mark your calendars already underway.
Today organizers of the 30th-annual festival unveiled the award-winning poster.
Artist Raya Dejan's graphic work of art was one of 65 entrees. The Westhills resident started studying art as a child growing up in Iran. Dejan was awarded a check for $2,000 and a tropical vacation getaway during a luncheon today at Yolanda's Mexican Café in Oxnard.
Her artwork will be featured on festival T-shirts, posters and merchandise on May 18 and 19, 2013 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 Rose Ave., Oxnard).
In honor of the festival's theme: "30 years of goodness" there will be 30 contests.
To learn more about them log onto strawberry-fest.org/festival-fun-2/pre-events/#/1
The nonprofit organization that runs the festival has donated more than $4 million to charities and scholarships.