Mulberry’s Edamame Festival is set for March 28 in the city park.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will get a chance to taste edamame, listen to local music, eat, ride a helicopter, shop and much more, said Monica Freeland with the Mulberry Mayor’s Office.
This is the second year for the festival, and Freeland said much of what is organized for the festival so far is the same as last year, but there will be a few changes.
"We already have more food vendors than we had last year, in a variety of things," Freeland said.
Additional food vendors was one of the top requests of visitors to last year’s festival, Freeland said.
There also will be some new activities in the park for both kids and adults, such as a zip line, which is set to be installed this month.
Other activities at the festival include live, local music on the park pavilion, an Edamame Princess pageant, an antique car show and antique tractor show, helicopter rides and shopping.
Also back this year is the Edamame Experience booth, a collaboration between Ray Chung, co-owner and chief financial officer with American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc. and the Crawford County Extension Homemaker’s Club.
Last year, a large booth with food and recipes all featuring locally-grown edamame as the star ingredient was set up at the festival.
Festival goers were able to try samples of both a chicken and a bean salad featuring edamame, and plain steamed edamame. They also got a chance to try Cruncha Ma-Me, a healthy freeze-dried version of edamame that is manufactured at the AVSE plant in Mulberry and comes in a variety of flavors.
Organizers are working on parking alternatives and solutions for last year’s parking issues, Freeland said. Shuttle service may be a possibility, she said.
Freeland said her main hope for the festival is that the weather is "as beautiful as last year" and, while the festival had a good turnout for its first year, that more people attend.
"Our main goal is providing an early spring outing for people and their families, and promoting our city," Freeland said.
Festival T-shirts will be available for purchase in the next few weeks, Freeland said. Go to the city website and Facebook page for updates.