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Strawberry Season in Ponchatoula (2024)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2024-03-29

Duration: 00:06:18

Subjects: Strawberries | Agriculture | Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Zabbia, Kim Interviewee
  • Zabbia, Robert Interviewee
  • Tate, Carla Interviewee
  • Van Mullem, Lauren Interviewee
  • Lanier, Donald Interviewee


This segment from the March 29, 2024, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s visit to Strawberry Day in the Park in Ponchatoula, an event kicking off strawberry season and a precursor to the annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival in April. LeBlanc reports that Ponchatoula is the self-proclaimed Strawberry Capital of the World. She interviews: Kim Zabbia, the wife of the Ponchatoula Mayor; Ponchatoula Mayor Robert Zabbia; Carla Tate, the executive director of the Tangipahoa Parish CVB; Lauren van Mullem, the Strawberry Festival Queen LII; and Donald Lanier, the Strawberry Festival King LII.