The Pungo Strawberry Festival

On Memorial Day weekend, the Pungo Strawberry Festival will return to Virginia Beach, celebrating “The Sweet Taste of Pungo”. 

This will be the festival’s 34th year honoring the city’s agricultural and military heritage with three days of family-friend fun. The event will feature more than 170 vendors selling arts, crafts and local fare, including fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry ice cream and much more. There also will be carnival rides, a petting zoo and three stages featuring live entertainment. 

The event kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, and continues through Sunday, May 28. The Friday night before is “local’s night”. 

Admission to the festival is free, but parking is $10 per car and there is a cost for carnival rides. 

The hub of the festival is the stage located near 1764 Princess Anne Road. Those planning to attend may take Princess Anne or Indian River roads. 

The Pungo Strawberry Festival is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that, since its founding in 1984, has donated more than $1 million to local charities. All money raised at the event goes to pay for the festival, to provide college scholarships to Virginia Beach high school students and to support dozens of other charities, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Combat Wounded Coalition, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Special Olympics. 

Approximately 120,000 people are expected to attend the festival this year. 

For more information, visit pungostrawberryfestival.info or facebook.com/PungoStrawberryFestival. No alcohol is sold or permitted at the festival and the organizers ask that attendees please leave pets at home, with the exception of service animals. 

“We invite everyone to enjoy ‘The Sweet Taste of Pungo’ with us and celebrate our farmers, our military and our community this Memorial Day weekend,” said festival Chairman Todd Jones. “We look forward to another fun-filled festival with something for everyone to enjoy, including, of course, lots of delicious, locally grown strawberries.”

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18 May 2017


By Kathy Hieatt
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