Weather, not controversial poster, may dampen Strawberry Festival
PONCHATOULA - Rain may dampen the Strawberry Festival this year.
A soggy forecast will drop rain on the festival grounds both Saturday and Sunday. But, locals got a bit of reprieve Friday evening. Many people braved the rain to enjoy the first night of the state's second-largest free festival.
"We thought we would get some rides in before later and then, too, because of the weather," Barbara Jenkins told WWL TV Friday. WWL TV and WBRZ/WBRZ.com have a news-sharing partnership.
"We've got a little weather chance, but I think it's going to come through, it's going to get out of here. We'll dry things off, we've got some sawdust to put down," Festival Chairman Donald Lanier said.
The festival opened early Friday since it is spring break and students are not in school.
Events start Saturday morning with the annual parade through downtown at 9:30. The Strawberry Festival ends Sunday at 6 p.m.
Earlier in March, the festival was mired in controversy over this year's painting, depicting two black child figures. Some said the poster was racist and festival organizers agreed not to sell it during this weekend's event.