Strawberry Festival Officials Warn of Vendor Booth Scam

Strawberries at Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula

GARDEN GROVE (CNS) - Strawberry Festival organizers today warned the public of a scheme to sell vendor booths for the annual Garden Grove event, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is an imposter presently engaged in an illegal fraudulent scheme to sell false vendor booths to our canceled in-person 2021 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, which will not be rescheduled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,'' said Patrick Catlin, president of the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Association. “We have reported this criminal activity to the Garden Grove Police Department.''

Catlin said a “deceitful individual'' not related in any way to the annual festival, which is held in May and was canceled due to the pandemic last year as well, has been selling vendor booths for a “rescheduled festival'' in June.

“This is a scam and 100% false,'' Catlin said of a rescheduled festival.

Anyone contacted about buying a vendor booth at the festival this year was encouraged to call police at 714-741-5704.

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