Ponchatoula strawberry festival continues

PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - The second biggest festival in the state is having a fruitful turnout so far, and there is still time to attend.

Sunday, April 13th will be the final day of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival which draws in an estimated 200,000 people over a three-day weekend. From shortcake to daiquiris, the event features everything strawberry.

The strawberry is Louisiana's state fruit, and all of the vendors at the festival are non-profit in order to raise money for various causes.

"The festival only allows non-profits on the official strawberry festival grounds. This festival was started 43 years ago as a way to raise money for the non-profits," said festival director Cheri Barnes. "We've continued that tradition. That is our mission to help them, because a lot of them rely on this income to support them throughout the year."

Louisiana has nearly 400 acres of strawberries producing 850,000 flats per year, valued at $14 million.

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