Have A "Berry Good" Time at This Family Festival of Sweet Treats!
Ponchatoula is known as the "Strawberry Capital of The World!" Local strawberry farmers from Tangipahoa parish and surrounding parishes bring their offerings of these delicious, juicy berries to the festival; selling them by the flat, by the pint, by the bucket and even by the bite. (The BEST chocolate covered strawberries are sold everywhere!) Festival goers gather for the parade by the thousands to catch candy, beads, stuffed animals, cups and other goodies as they are thrown from the colorful parade floats passing by.
After the parade, stroll through the historic streets of downtown Ponchatoula sampling the carnival food, local produce, browsing the antiques and tasting STRAWBERRY WINES! But when you're ready to really eat, walk to Memorial Park (official festival grounds). Memorial Park is located exactly two blocks north of main street - follow your nose! The festival committee insures that only non-profit organizations are allowed to serve food in this area, so you're not only going to have a satisfied belly, you're going to help out a worthy cause! There are offerings of jambalaya, boiled crawfish, fried catfish, seafood pasta...well, pretty much everything!
You will also find more entertainment at the park including all of your carnival favorites - The Ferris Wheel, The Zipper, Fun House and all sorts of carnival games! You'll be movin' and groovin' with two stages on the park grounds - South Stage & North Stage. These stages welcome some of the best musical talents around - rocking the sounds of various music genres.
DID YOU KNOW? The First Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival was held in 1972. The festival has been known to gather over 300,000 people and the revenue has brought in as much as $33 million dollars into the local economy! Now that's SWEET!
A huge festival with a small-town heart!
Peak harvest for local strawberries is late March through early April and the reason that the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is always held the second full week of April. The three-day event starts on a Friday night and ends on the following Sunday. The parade is usually conducted on the Saturday of the festival.
For more information, check out www.LAStrawberryFestival.com