Ponchatoula]-This year has brought on the 41st annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival and as usual, there was a tremendous amount of people who attended the three-day festival. There were rides, booths, and live entertainment. Families and friends had a chance to experience the Louisiana culture and more so, the culture of the Ponchatoula community.
There were extremely long rows of cars parked on either side of the road and were subtle reminder of how many people were in this one area at the same time.
The crowds seemed to enjoy the live entertainment and expressed that by dancing and singing along with other people gathered along the area in front of the different stages. The Gibsons, The Way Goners, and the Superchargers performed for the people in attendance. The bands were very versatile singing original songs and also doing covers of other artists’ songs.
Throughout the day, there were events such as the strawberry eating contests, egg toss, and a sack race. “I come to the Strawberry Festival every year and I always enjoy the free music and the events,” said Dametrace Bartholomew from Vacherie, La. The booths also intrigue people with the many different cuisines that are directly from Louisiana’s culture along with the usual carnival-type foods.
“I like the rides but I really love the strawberry-topped funnel cakes,” said Rashaad Williams.
Another attraction that most visitors enjoy is the carnival rides at the festival. This part of the festival was crowded by young people and their parents waiting in lines or watching their family members and friends enjoy the rides. “I brought the kids out here to have fun on the rides, and I came out for the food and the events,” said Tiffany Thomas.