Bitter-sweet strawberries, are a fruit that everyone loves to have. Nevertheless, it’s a little surprising to find out that in one part of the world, an annual strawberry festival is organized to celebrate the strawberry industry and the official fruit (strawberry) of that state.
Welcome to the small town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana where every year an annual strawberry festival is organized. The celebration second only to Mardi gras, is an important event for the townsfolk. Every year for the past thirty years this event is being organized by the Ponchatoula Strawberry festival board. This year, the festival has been organized to begin from the 9th April and continue to 11th April. Official venue of the festival is the Memorial Park and the first two blocks of the North 6th street.
This recreational festival houses a variety of entertainment including rides, food and games and more importantly strawberry eating contests along with races and other entertainments for people. The most important event of the entire festival is the Parade. People walk past a few blocks along with the royalty of the event which is introduced on the first day of the weekend celebrations. The royalty for this year’s event includes the Louisiana Strawberry Queen (Theresa Pevey), The Strawberry King (Mr Larry Arceneaux), the Grand Marshal (Carl Wells) and the Chairman (Mike S.T Arnaud).
Ponchatoula festival serves as the largest fundraiser for nonprofit and charity based organizations. The strawberry fest is the second largest free festival in the state of Louisiana. Every year people attend the festival to support nonprofit organizations that handle stalls on the event. The colorful event is a very important activity for locals and a means of showing gratitude to the strawberry farmers of the town.