2020 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival postponed ‘with an extremely heavy heart’

The 2020 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival scheduled for April 3 to April 5 at Memorial Park has been postponed “with an extremely heavy heart,” organizers announced via Facebook.

Festival organizers announced the decision on the official Facebook page, following a proclamation signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards banning gatherings of more than 250 people.

Photo courtesy: Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival via Facebook

“The Board is working hard to contact everyone involved with bringing the Festival to our community. We ask for your patience and understanding during this difficult time,” the statement reads.

Organizers also postpone another scheduled event, Julian Dufreche Strawberry Day in the Park, scheduled for Saturday, March 14.

“Thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and community for all you have given to make our festival what is is today. It truly takes a village and we are proud to call Ponchatoula our hometown. Please take recommended precautions and check on your neighbors. Buy Local and Support your local Farmers,” the statement reads.

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we will be postponing the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival scheduled for April…

Posted by Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Inc on Friday, March 13, 2020

The 49th annual festival event is normally held the second weekend of April. However, this year’s festival was pushed a week earlier due to Easter.

The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is a free family-friendly, outdoor festival centered around Louisiana’s strawberry season. The three-day event shows off vendor booths, amusement rides, live entertainment, a state-level beauty pageant, a 10K road race and a parade.

More information about the festival will be announced on the festival’s Facebook page.