PONCHATOULA- Pushing puddles wasn't on carnival workers' agendas originally. But the wetness of 2013 continued hours before, so sogginess was left putting a damper on opening day of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival on Friday.
Willie Lowery, owner of Lowery Carnival Company, said, 'It's something you've gotta deal with.'
It's something strawberry farmers have been dealing with since late January, working to save their crops' quality and quantity on several occasions.
'The rain started, we had a little bit of cold weather, and then it rained a long time,' said Susan Johnson, spokeswoman for the Strawberry Festival, 'Then the berry farmers, the berries came back.'
And that's just in time for the festival held in the name of the bright, red fruit. But a last minute downpour Thursday dropped a little worry on organizers.
'It's sunshine today, the wind is blowing, things should dry out very well,' said Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia.
Johnson said, 'We'd like you to come out and support the local organizations.'
It's where you'll find the festival royalty, pink fountains and, of course, loads of strawberries. Locals say the experience can't be beat.
Zabbia said, 'I know that we're competing with the French Quarter Festival but we have out staples that come every year and wouldn't miss it. So we expect a great weekend.'
Organizers say if the strawberry can make it through a lot of rain, you can make it over to Tangipahoa Parish to celebrate it.
The festival runs through Sunday.
PONCHATOULA-Pushing puddles wasn't on carnival workers' agendas originally.But the wetness of 2013 continued hours before, so sogginess was left putting a damper on opening day of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival on Friday.