While South Texas is in the throes of spring with wildflowers in prime color, it is also strawberry time in Poteet.
These strawberries, known for some of the sweetest in the state, will be plentiful at the 67th Strawberry Festival this weekend, April 4-6. Over 100,000 folks will come through the rural town for the three-day festival to celebrate the berry with great entertainment, contests, a food show and auctions.
Growers in the area will be competing and only Poteet strawberries will be sold on the grounds. The flats of strawberries are clearly labeled for the local growers so as not to be confused with others that are grown out of this region.
Carol Rivera, Festival Coordinator, the staff and directors have been planning the event for months to ensure festival attendees will have a great time.
For those who are seeking excitement, there will be a carnival, provided by Alamo Attractions Carnival, which kicks off things Thursday with an armband night. The carnival continues through Sunday.
On Friday evening, the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association will open the gates to the grounds at 6 p.m. for several concerts, dances and performances. Admission to the grounds Friday night is free.
Of course, parking on the grounds is always free throughout the festival.
It is also KENS 5 Night at the carnival. All rides are $1 each.
Gate admission on Saturday and Sunday will be $15. Admission for children under age 12; military (active duty, reserve and retired) is free.
Don’t miss the big parade on Saturday as floats, bands, politicians, the Shriners, marching and riding groups make their way through the downtown area and residential areas. It will begin at 10 a.m.
This year’s parade marshal is Jonathan Joss, best known for his role of John Redcorn on the cartoon King of the Hill. The parade starts on FM-1470 (next to Poteet schools) and travels along Ninth Street to Avenue H. The parade will then turn right and march through the downtown area until it reaches Fourth Street. After turning right again, the parade will move through the residential area of Fourth Street and then turn right again onto School Drive. When the parade reaches the elementary school (Horton Lane), it will turn left and end.
After the parade be sure and head over to the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds for two full days of fun, entertainment, activities, excitement and food — especially strawberries.
Area growers will compete for the best berries around. Judges will begin their selection process at noon with the big auction following at 2 p.m.
It all takes place at the Rotary Pavilion.
New acts for 2014
New acts for the festival are Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales, Kids Science Safari, Dinosaur Walk, White Tiger Exhibit and John Beatty aka The Strong Man.
You can find out more about these and lots more in the special section included in this issue. A complete schedule, map and food booth items are all included.
Favorite acts and events
As in the past, the rodeo is always a crowd pleaser. Performances are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Popular acts including Michael Mezner the hypnotist, Mark Riggs the juggler, dancers, arts and crafts, South Texas Gunfighters, and the fireworks display on Saturday night.
There is still plenty of entertainment and activities happening on Sunday with the Taste of Texas Food Show and Auction, too.
Turn in is from 11 a.m.- noon with the auction beginning at 1 p.m.