Poteet Strawberry Festival -70 years and still going strong


ne of the most successful festivals – Poteet Strawberry – is happening for the 70th year this weekend.

The organizers have been been working hard for months to ensure that a quality event is enjoyed by the 100,000 folks that will visit the grounds over April 7-9.

When I was junior in high school some 41 years ago, I have vivid memories of visiting booths in the downtown area of Poteet – specifically the strawberry shortcake one.

The owner of the Poteet State Bank was Al Gray. Mr. Al loved a good time and he loved good food even more. That year he concocted the biggest shortcake I had ever seen. The ladies who worked with him at the bank egged him on to keep adding strawberries and whipped cream. It was glorious!

I can only imagine how he would feel these days about funnel cakes with strawberries and whipped cream, fried potato spirals, fajitas, gorditas and the other goodies sold on the grounds.

And what wonderful grounds they are! They have built permanent structures and added paved walkways over the years. These improvements certainly help to make the festival more enjoyable.

We are hoping that the weather holds out and that all goes well for a safe and successful fest.

Let’s not forget our growers, too. Not only do they need great weather, those who are competing at the contest and the auction that follows on Saturday need a bit of luck as well.

The way I see it, these events are here for all of us to enjoy. Get out, watch the parade, absorb some sun, breathe some fresh air, taste some strawberries and enjoy some great entertainment.

And … be sure to read our special section that is chock full of all things strawberry and fun acts to catch over the three-day event.


SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.


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