Head to Ponchatoula, Louisiana, for the annual Strawberry Festival

Ponchatoula might be a small city but it is a giant when it comes to strawberries. In fact, Ponchatoula is known to be the ”Strawberry Capital of the World”!

Located in the Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, Ponchatoula is probably one town you haven’t even heard of, and we can’t blame you, as the city only covers a total area of 4.2 square miles and is inhabited by a few thousand people. It was a mining camp until it was incorporated in 1861. It was at the turn of the 20th century when the town turned into commercial farming as its main industry, and its main produce was strawberry, Thus,earning the moniker of being the "Strawberry Capital of The World". Aside from strawberries, the city is also known for its antique shops. The city is perfect for a day trip from New Orleans which is 40 miles away, or Baton Rouge which is 42 miles away. The best time to visit the city is during the Strawberry Festival held every April.

The second largest festival in the state, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival was first celebrated in 1972. It is a three-day festival that was established to pay homage to local farmers, promote the strawberry industry, and to raise funds for local charitable organizations. True to its objectives, non-profit organizations are the only vendors on the official festival grounds. The festival features a Strawberry King and Queen, Little Miss and Masters Pageant, jambalaya cook-offs, strawberry auction, strawberry eating contest, children games and activities, carnival rides, a strawberry parade, vendors selling their strawberry produce, and lots of strawberry-themed food and beverages!

The next time you plan to visit Louisiana, make it on an April so you can drop by Ponchatoula and have a “berry” great time at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Consult your travel agent for more details. 

Here's 1 comment for "Head to Ponchatoula, Louisiana, for the annual Strawberry Festival"
Eve

I also love strawberries in my country but having it in other places is another story. I am a jet lag free traveler with jetLAGFX [link removed] and I need to know the best places that serve my favorite foods. See, I am always on the go.

over 1 year ago

I want to go to Ponchatoula

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