Donovan Garcia, MC of the Poteet Strawberry Festival Parade, arranged for Art Mauricio’s song “Man of Steel” to be played before the start of the event. The crowd listened and then held a moment of silence for Art who passed away suddenly at age 68 in December. Pictured are: Beatrice “Bea” Mauricio (wife), Donovan Garcia and Yvonne Mauricio-Trujillo (daughter). Donovan Garcia, who was Poteet Strawberry Festival King in 1986 served as MC of the Poteet Strawberry Festival Parade and his son Ronin Garcia, who was PSF King in 2013, produced a video of the event found at Pulse Productions on Facebook. Look in next week’s issue for more photos of the PSF parade.
The Backyard, 973 Ave. H, is becoming one of Poteet’s most favorite eating spots. Their give back to the community is second to none for local businesses. During the winter storm, the Backyard Kitchen fed countless number of hungry individuals for free. They serve up hot street food and cold street “treats.” The lines for The Backyard Kitchen stretched almost 50 feet at the festival.
Strawberry cuties at the Poteet Strawberry Festival
Poteet ISD Superintendent Charles Camarillo and students raise funds for FFA
The Happy Dudes sold out of all their Poteet TX originally designed shirt. They sold out once and the Happy Dudes went back to the shop and cranked out more. Happy Dudes make happy customers. Pictured left to right are part of the family members that make up the wonderful creative crew of Happy Dudes, Trae Gaenzel, Zadie Gaenzel and Garrett Dean Hollis. Follow the Happy Dudes on Facebook and find them at thehappydudes.com/.%5B/caption%5D%5Bcaption id=”attachment_142155″ align=”aligncenter” width=”242″]Erica Lopez, co-owner of Cafe Chris, Lacie Harrington and kiddos experienced the “Wow!” Factor of the Poteet Strawberry Festival. Pictured, from left are: back row- Lopez and Harrington; front row- Ryder St. Arnault, Kristen Lopez and Ayden Smith.
Poteet strawberry grower Jim Collums, Poteet Mayor Willie Leal Jr. and First Lady Diana Leal attend the Poteet Strawberry Festival.
The Rogers family of Poteet have sat in this same spot for the PSF parade for 50 plus years. Roy Rogers, who has passed, was PSF King in 1957. He was the 10th king. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS PHOTOS
The Poteet Athletic Booster Club served up some beautiful corn with side garnishes of red pepper, mayo, butter and Parmesan cheese.
Addison Scott and Jamie Calliham, future Poteet Strawberry Festival royalty
It’s her berry first Poteet Strawberry Festival! Pictured are Eli Perez, Everly Perez, Emry Espinosa and Erika Oliva-Perez.
The Kennedy and Jasik family cheer on one of the bakers at the Taste of Texas Food Show this year which raised more than $26,000. See next week’s front page of Farm & Ranch for results and photos from the Taste of Texas Food Show.
H-E-B beauties served up some H-E-B Creamy Creations ice cream. All proceeds from the ice cream go towards the Poteet Strawberry Festival scholarship funds.
Cataleya Ramirez, Poteet kindergartener, booted up for the festival.
Dancing the night away after working all day at the Taste of Texas Food Show are Jessica Rankin-Schimelpfening, Karen Rankin and Scott Rankin.
Robert Martinez, a 40-year volunteer at the Poteet Strawberry Festival and Ruth Ann Schultze of KH Farm (in the background) did an interview with KENS-5 about the massive give back that the community gives in scholarships and to the growers for strawberry sales.
Tejano legend Jay Perez entertains the crowd.
Families attending the festival came from all over Texas to enjoy the fabulous food, music and carnival. “This is the best deal in Texas as far as festivals go!”