Chassell Strawberry Festival
Chassell, MI 49916
Strawberries have been an important part of the Chassell economy since the early 1920s and ’30s. In 1934 local growers discovered that the Copper Country market would no longer absorb their crop. At the time, a successful berry shipping organization had been in operation in Bayfield, Wisconsin. In 1935 and again in 1936, a group of growers went to Bayfield to learn how to set up and run such an operation in Chassell. Out of this effort grew the Copper Country Strawberry Growers Association, founded in mid-1936. Strawberries became such an important part of the local economy that it was decided to recognize the Growers Association with a festival to be held on July 7th, 8th, and 9th 1949. This became the first Chassell Strawberry Festival. The event has been sponsored by the Lions Club and held during the 2nd weekend in July since the first festival. To give you an idea of the importance of the strawberry to the State economy Governor G. Mennen Williams crowned the first festival queen, Lucille Tormala.