Portland has just Celebrated the 72nd Strawberry Festival with Duck Dynasty Cast Member "Mountain Man- Tim Guraedy" as our Grand Marshall and it was a complete Success!!~"Strawberry Dynasty " brought Fans from all around and so many Activities... there was something for every age.
Make plans to join us next May 2014 for another Strawberry Festival!
You never know who will show up here in Portland. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean showed up for our Pancake Breakfast. We had local well known country artist "Bucky Covington" to show up at our I-65 Welcome Center to promote our Festival. Also "Maykala McDowell & Jada Vance" had a spot in the Parade and sang on our Market Street Free Concert and later with popular Recording Artist Ronnie McDowell that performed a Concert here that evening. We had a free movie in the park / casino night / carnival in the park/ 5K Strawberry Stride/ & many more activities..
Now-- join us for the Annual Hwy 52 Yard Sale on May 17th & 18th, 2013
Please contact the Chamber of Commerce @ (615) 325-9032
for additional information.
Portland's history is rich in strawberries. Agriculture was our mainstay in years past, with strawberries as our main crop for many years. Although that's no longer true, we still celebrate our heritage and we still have some strawberries.
In October 2009 we celebrated our Sesquicentennial; 150 years since the first Louisville & Nashville train stopped at Richland Station depot on October 31, 1859. Richland Station was re-named Portland in 1888, and then incorporated as a city in 1905. A Sesquicentennial Celebration was held on October 3, 2009 with some old fashioned food, a quilt show, historical artifacts display, historic building tours, a cemetery tour, and many other festivities.
Hometown festivals such as ours are great fun, and a great way to meet new people and experience new places. We certainly hope the Strawberry Festival makes you want to come to Portland again for other city events and activities throughout the year.