The 2017 Edamame Festival will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mulberry City Park.
Included in this year’s activities are the new Edamame Joe’s barbecue cookoff and Mulberry’s Miss Edamame Pageant.
Festival goers also can taste edamame, listen to live music, ride a helicopter, enjoy the antique car and tractor show, and shop arts and crafts vendors. This is the fourth year for the festival.
Edamame Joe’s barbecue cookoff will be taking place throughout the day, as festival goers sample the competing dishes and vote for their favorite.
Tasting plates will be available for $7 the day of the festival.
Cash prizes will go to the top three barbecue teams chosen by the judges and there will be a $200 cash prize for “people’s choice.”
Girls ages 1 to 18 can participate in the Miss Edamame Pageant, set for 10:30 a.m. in the city park pavilion. The park is located on U.S. 64 in Mulberry.
Divisions for this year’s pageant are wee edamame ages 1-3, princess edamame ages 4-6, little miss edamame ages 7-9, junior miss edamame ages 10-12, teen edamame ages 13-15 and miss edamame ages 16-18. Entry fee for all ages is $25.
Free live music will be going on throughout the festival and on Friday night as the barbecue pit masters set up for the cookoff.