Mulberry Has Its First Edamame Festival

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A big day for a local city that hopes to eventually become the edamame capital of the world.

The weather was bright and sunny for the first ever Edamame Festival in the city of Mulberry.

"For our first Edamame Festival we didn't really know what to expect, but when the people started rolling in about 8 o'clock this morning, the antique cars, antique tractors, all our vender, it was really bigger than what we ever thought that we would have," said Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter.

The soy bean plant is locally grown in the city of Mulberry.

Baxter said they have the only processing plant in the United States.

Residents at the festival said the plant has helped grow their community so much by bringing jobs and money to the area.

The mayor said after seeing other towns have festivals related to some industry that's in their town, he decided an Edamame Festival was needed in Mulberry.

Guest said they had been enjoying all of the festivities, especially the assortment of edamame's.

"It's been awesome. Big turn out, a lot of people, just a great turn out for Mulberry," said Roger Halpin, a Mulberry resident.

Mayor Baxter said the festival brought people from all over to the city of Mulberry, including a guest from Michigan.

Baxter said the city park was finished earlier this week, just in time for the festival.

The festival ended at 5 pm on Saturday, (March 29).

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