The 72nd Poteet Strawberry Festival broke so many records the past weekend. It really proved to be the sweetest festival in Texas in so many ways. The Pleasanton Express tells many of the stories in this week’s issue through articles and photos. We will continue with a wrapup next week which includes final official attendance count which despite rain was estimated at 100,000.
The amount of volunteers and the hours they put into the festival showed as the event was so professionally organized and packed with top-notch performances, entertainment, rodeo, auctions, vendors and the food – oh, glorious food.
But, the biggest two stories of this festival are our local strawberry farmers and the money raised for scholarship funds for Poteet students. More than $720,000 in scholarship funds have been given to Poteet students from just the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association since 1990. Hundreds of thousands more have been donated to scholarships by all the non-profits who have food booths.
There was nary a security problem on the massive grounds. Huge shout out goes to Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office for their presence and for keeping the peace. Poteet should be so very proud of the community leaders and non-profits that give so freely of their time and their talents to ensure this festival continues to be one of the best in Texas if not the nation.
I probably took a 1000 photos. I wish we had room for them all in our photo collages! To see the happiness on so many faces and amongst so many families and friends made the sweetest festival in Texas even sweeter. See photo collages on page 11 and 12 and on our Pleasanton Express Facebook.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.