WALLACE, NC (WECT) - It’s festival with a history as rich as the berries it’s named for. The Carolina Strawberry festival kicks off Friday in Wallace.
At one time, Wallace was know as the World’s Largest Strawberry Exchange. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited Wallace and attended the festival in 1937, writing about it in her syndicated newspaper column, My Day. To read her description of the visit, click here.
The festival was put on hold during WWII but resurrected in 2011 thanks to community leaders.
Since its return, the festival continues to grow. This year, there are several family-friendly attractions and more than 20 food vendors, plus a wine and beer garden and plenty of strawberries.
The modern festival was developed to bring attention to Wallace’s Historic Downtown District and its merchants
The event begins Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. with live music.
Saturday’s festivities are May 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For a list of bands and events, click here.