Strawberry Festival delays opening until 4 p.m. Saturday
UPDATE: Saturday's Strawberry Festival parade has been canceled.
The festival Saturday won't start until 4 p.m. due to severe weather.
Check back for updates.
PONCHATOULA - It's time for the Strawberry Festival once again.
Ponchatoula's biggest weekend of the year attracts more people to the city than the entire population of Tangipahoa Parish. Festival Chairman Dawn Beloso estimates the number comes out to about 300,000 visitors or more.
Heavy rain is in the forecast this weekend, and right now, organizers are not ready to cancel the festival.
"We're going to make a decision tonight. We want to make sure the residents here are safe," Beloso said.
This unique festival offers everything strawberry, from wine, to the berries fried on a stick. And many long-time festival goers are playing it smart by coming out Friday.
"We came in today because it was going to be less crowded and the weather tomorrow is not going to be favorable," Joe Salter from Houma said.
Vendors come in from around the region and out of state as well for the festival. They are also concerned about the weather, but some are ready for it.
"We have ponchos, and we'll be here rain or shine," Carla Smith said.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Parents say Baton Rouge police took 20 minutes to respond to potential...
'It's a long time coming': Iberville Parish President pleased with potential bridge...
In wake of two boating fatalities, Pointe Coupee officials hoping for safe...
Some hurricane plans to change in Tangipahoa after Ida
Location for new bridge narrowed down to three options, all in Iberville...
Southern baseball walks off Jackson State in SWAC Tournament
Southern baseball wins game one 21-2 over Alcorn
VIDEO: Former Saints and Tiger Devery Henderson talks about the difference between...
New NCAA rules tweak opens door for more SEC dominance
VIDEO: Devery Henderson Talk about Bluegrass Miracle and the Saints "Rebirth game"