Ponchatoula calls itself the "strawberry capital of the world," and an annual free festival pays tribute to the berries grown in nearby fields. Three days of activities and events include amusement rides, games, a parade, foot races, an egg toss, a strawberry-eating contest, a strawberry auction and the presentation of "Strawberry Royalty."
There's also food (some of it strawberry-related) and two stages of music featuring performances by Category 6, Triggerproof, Wiseguys, Bag of Donuts, The Topcats and other local bands. Noon to 9:45 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Memorial Park, North Sixth Street at West Beech Street, Ponchatoula; www.lastrawberryfestival.com.