Well, it’s that time of year again – Pungo Strawberry Festival, the 36th

The 2019 Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach will celebrate its 36th year on Memorial Day weekend (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Pungo Strawberry Festival)
The 2019 Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach will celebrate its 36th year on Memorial Day weekend (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Pungo Strawberry Festival)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Pungo Strawberry Festival Board selected a high school student’s design as the new poster for the 36th annual festival in May.

The event is free and open to the public. See the full event schedule here.

The festival celebrates the strawberry season and military families and the winning poster design was created by Collin Morris, a junior high student from Kellam High School, who was selected from 20 other entries.

In addition, the board announced this year’s festival dignitaries:

  • Grand Marshal – Capt. Chad Vincelette, Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • Mayor and First Lady – Bob and Phoebe Braswell, Sentara and Back Bay House and Lawn.
  • Honorary Witch of Pungo – Judy Mahoney Pace, Saving Kids Dreams Foundation and Delta Waterfowl.

The 36th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, 1176 Princess Anne Road will be on May 24-26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., respectively. Parking is $10 per vehicle and only service animals are allowed at the festival.

For more information about the Pungo Strawberry Festival, visit the festival’s website or follow the festival on Facebook. 

The festival is a nonprofit organization and is staffed by volunteers.

Since its inception in 1984, attendance has grown from 50,000 attendees to more than 80,000 attendees expected this year, organizers said.

The event is funded by carnival ticket sales, donations, and vendor and parking fees. Any excess proceeds are given back to the community, with the festival donating $1.3 million during the past 35 years, including for college scholarships for Virginia Beach high school students and donations to nonprofit groups. That excludes money raised by charitable groups on-site, according to organizers.

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