Slideshow: Snapshots from the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

Ponchatoula:
Ponchatoula: "Strawberry Capital of the World"

While the Strawberry Festival is only one weekend a year, the tiny bayou town of Ponchatoula touts its status as top berry town all year long.

Strawberries, Oh My!
Strawberries, Oh My!

Stacks of flats of fresh strawberries are available all over the festival and roadside driving into the town. The closer into town you get, the more expensive the flats become.

A Berry Way of Life
A Berry Way of Life

For forty-two years, the Strawberry Festival has drawn tens of thousands of visitors from across Louisiana and the country to try their hand at strawberry desserts at the height of the fruit's sweetness.

Fair Food Special: Deep Fried Strawberries
Fair Food Special: Deep Fried Strawberries

The deep fried strawberries are dipped in chocolate prior to frying, and have a consistency similar to a beignets. (Of course, traditional strawberry beignets are also available.)

Strawberry Jam & Jelly Smorgasbord
Strawberry Jam & Jelly Smorgasbord

There are no shortage of exotic, strawberry-centric jam and jelly flavor options, including strawberry fig jelly, strawberry five pepper jelly, and a local favorite, strawberry mayhaw. Mayhaw is a small, pink berry found exclusively in the bayou regions of Southern Louisiana and East Texas.

Strawberry + Chocolate = Delightful
Strawberry + Chocolate = Delightful

A strawberry and chocolate "split" (half-and-half) jam combination proved to be a popular treat.

Strawberry Shortcake Showdown
Strawberry Shortcake Showdown

Several versions of strawberry shortcake make an appearance at the festival, with versions that err on the spongier, airy side proving to be the most popular.

Strawberries Take a Chocolate Dip
Strawberries Take a Chocolate Dip

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of chocolate dipped strawberry options: every booth and storefront has their own take on the confection ready for eager eaters.

Strawberries Take a Chocolate Dip
Strawberries Take a Chocolate Dip

While white and dark chocolate make an appearance, the milk chocolate dipped strawberry reigns supreme.

Strawberry Head-to-Toe
Strawberry Head-to-Toe

Strawberry outfits are a frequent sighting at the festival, with everything from elaborate hats to strawberry lined boots making an appearance.

Strawberry Delights: Pound for Pound
Strawberry Delights: Pound for Pound

A pound cake bite full of strawberries and covered in fresh whipped cream angling to be eaten quickly before it melts in the hot Louisiana sun.

Pick Your Own!
Pick Your Own!

"Pick your own" strawberry field trips are popular, with folks enjoying hay rides and the chance to get their hands dirty in their fields.

Fresh off the Vine
Fresh off the Vine

Face painting booths specialize in—what else?—strawberry vines.

Ponchatoula Pick-Me-Up: Strawberry Sweet Tea
Ponchatoula Pick-Me-Up: Strawberry Sweet Tea

Strawberry sweet tea, strawberry lemonade, and even a strawberry long island ice tea are a bit of refreshment after a sweet snack.

Sprinkles and All: Strawberry Cupcakes
Sprinkles and All: Strawberry Cupcakes

While cupcakes are ubiquitous, these burst with the fresh flavor of local strawberry in every bite.

Strawberry Optical Illusions
Strawberry Optical Illusions

A strawberry cake bite...shaped like a chocolate dipped strawberry? Be still my sugar loving heart!

Thank You Berry Much!
Thank You Berry Much!

The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival's holistic devotion to their signature berry deserves a round of well-deserved applause.