Flashback: Strawberry Festival selected among nation’s top 250 events

10 Years ago-

For the first time ever Pleasanton will have a Little Mr. Cowboy Homecoming and a Little Miss Cowboy Homecoming.  This year’s winners are John Richard Tijerina son of Felix and Paula Tijerina, and Allie Cheyenne Touchstone, daughter of Bo and Janet Touchstone.  The runner-ups are Garner Kemp, son of Jess and Laura Kemp, and Geneva Anna Lopez, daughter of Jesse and Becky Lopez.  The Little Mr. and Miss will assist the Cowboy Homecoming Court throughout the year with various projects.  Their first task will be presenting this year’s Cowboy Homecoming Queen with her crown and flowers during the coronation at the rodeo Friday night.  Then, the children will accompany the court on the Cowboy Homecoming float during the parade on Saturday.  


20 Years ago-

Marie R. King, president, Special Events Network, announced recently that the annual Poteet Strawberry Festival has been chosen as one of the nation’s “Top 250 Events” for 1996.  This designation is a special honor conferred by the publishers of the Special Events Directory and Events Business News, the nation’s two leading publications in the special events industry.  The Poteet Strawberry Festival was chosen from a list of some thirty-eight thousand events in the United States for its outstanding success in providing a family-oriented, quality event at a reasonable cost to the consumer.   The annual Poteet Strawberry Festival will be featured on the publications’ “Coast to Coast” event map and may use the award designation logo in all brochures and other publicity.


 30 Years ago-


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has targeted Pleasanton as a possible site for the location of a one million square foot Wal-Mart warehouse/distribution center.  The Arkansas-based company plans to construct a $30 million warehouse somewhere in the South Texas region which would cover approximately 24 acres.  The distribution center would service Wal-Mart stores in an area from Austin to the Rio Grande Valley from El Paso to Louisiana.  Atascosa County and Pleasanton officials, along with business leaders, learned at a meeting held Friday, August 15, that the new center will provide jobs for from 800-1,000 people.  


40 Years ago-

Thousands are expected to line Pleasanton’s streets to see the 11th annual Cowboy Homecoming parade here Saturday morning.  “It should be the best one yet,” says Bill Lawrence, 1976 parade chairman.  Parade time is 10 a.m. sharp, beginning at the junior high building. Floats will be judged at 9 a.m. and trophies will be awarded.  At 10 a.m. the floats will leave the junior high on Orts Street and will continue down Bryant.  At Lion’s Park, the horses and their riders will join the parade as it continues down Bensdale.  Seven bands have agreed to march in the parade and they will feed in at the elementary building.  Lawrence reminds those who wish to hear the bands should be on the parade route between the elementary school and the highway department building on Oaklawn.  Although the parade will begin at 10 a.m., it will not reach the downtown area until about 10:30 a.m.


50 Years ago-

Largest group of men in recent years left here Tuesday morning for induction into the Armed Forces.  Included in the call were 17 men for induction and another 40 for pre-induction exams.  Reporting for induction were Larry W. Brister and Rudolfo R. Herrera, Pleasanton; Mario C. Ramirez and Billy Ray Dornak, Jourdanton; Charles R. Hernandez and Johnny Joe Olivares, Poteet; Ernesto R. Garcia and Alfred Tom Jr., Campbellton; Tomas G. Piedra, Charlotte; Matias G. Soto and Ruben S. Rayna, Lytle; Edward V. Garcia, Big Foot; Gordon M. Chancellor, Alejandro Fuentez, Cervando G. Chapa and William R. Richter of George West and Danny R. Meyer of Three Rivers.


60 Years ago-

A total of 522 invitations have been mailed out to Atascosa County farmers and ranchers asking them and their wives to be guests of the annual C of C farm-ranch barbecue on Saturday night, Aug. 25.  The barbecue will be held at the Parish grounds in North Pleasanton beginning at 7 o’clock.  “We hope as many of our farm and ranch friends will attend as possible,” said Bob Ault, C of C president.  “I want to emphasize that tickets are free to farmers and ranchers and their wives.  It’s strictly a friendly, informal get together.” Deadline for obtaining tickets is Aug. 21.  Howell Jones, executive secretary of the San Antonio C of C will be the guest speaker.  He is widely known throughout this section of South Texas, and he helped organize the Pleasanton and North Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.  A year ago 417 persons attended the farm-ranch barbecue when Agricultural Commissioner John C. White was guest speaker.  C of C officials here expect an even larger turn-out this year.


ROBBIE HAMBY, delves into the Pleasanton Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at: rhamby@pleasantonexpress.com.


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