Records broken with $16,300 in bids for GC strawberries

The 2019 Strawberry Festival Grand Champion Strawberries were grown by Lisa Sanchez with 4G Reyes Farms. Pictured standing: Molly Solis- Poteet Lions, Carlos Ambriz- Poteet Lions, (hidden) Donald Retzloff, Jim Collums, Dr. Jeff Jacobs- Southern Smiles, Wes Howell, David Reyes- Poteet Lions, Dan Jupe, Margie and Rene Martinez- R&M RV Park, Aubrey Smith- H-E-B, Mark Biediger, Grand Champion Grower Lisa Sanchez- 4G Reyes Farms, (woman with glasses), Jerry Brown- Bud Light, Alice Denson (hidden), John Shipley- Poteet VFW, Marian and Stewart Knowlton- United Country Realty, Elaine Brown DiCaro, County Judge Bob Hurley, Nellie Delgado- AEP, Jackie Brown-Security State Bank, Jason Barnes, MD- holding son, Pat Hurley- Hurley Funeral Home, Gregston Hurley, Evan Walker- Tuttle Motors, Amanda Velasquez- Pleasanton Express, Erinn Walker- Tuttle Motors, Debbie Martinez- Capital Farm Credit. In front: Miss Lions Rachelle Casias, Little Miss Lions Miranda Solis, Miss 1st Runner Up Tahis Ramirez. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The 2019 Strawberry Festival Grand Champion Strawberries were grown by Lisa Sanchez with 4G Reyes Farms. Pictured standing: Molly Solis- Poteet Lions, Carlos Ambriz- Poteet Lions, (hidden) Donald Retzloff, Jim Collums, Dr. Jeff Jacobs- Southern Smiles, Wes Howell, David Reyes- Poteet Lions, Dan Jupe, Margie and Rene Martinez- R&M RV Park, Aubrey Smith- H-E-B, Mark Biediger, Grand Champion Grower Lisa Sanchez- 4G Reyes Farms, (woman with glasses), Jerry Brown- Bud Light, Alice Denson (hidden), John Shipley- Poteet VFW, Marian and Stewart Knowlton- United Country Realty, Elaine Brown DiCaro, County Judge Bob Hurley, Nellie Delgado- AEP, Jackie Brown-Security State Bank, Jason Barnes, MD- holding son, Pat Hurley- Hurley Funeral Home, Gregston Hurley, Evan Walker- Tuttle Motors, Amanda Velasquez- Pleasanton Express, Erinn Walker- Tuttle Motors, Debbie Martinez- Capital Farm Credit. In front: Miss Lions Rachelle Casias, Little Miss Lions Miranda Solis, Miss 1st Runner Up Tahis Ramirez. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Lisa Sanchez of 4G Reyes Farms took the Grand Champion title at the Poteet Strawberry Festival Auction on April 6.

The crate of winning Albion berries sold for a total of $16,300.

The premium buyers were H-EB and Bud Light- Silver Eagle Distributing, which each bid $5,450.

Other contributing bids were: Poteet Lions Club – $600, Bob Hurley – Atascosa County Judge – $500, Hurley Funeral Home – $500, Tuttle Motor Co. – $500, American Electric Power – $200, Data Network Cabling – Alice Denson $200, Latka Cattle Co. – $200, Peter Flores – Texas Senator/District 19 – $200, Poteet Country Winery – $200, Pure Party Ice – $200, United Country Realty – Marian and Stuart Knowlton – $200, American Electric Power – $100, Barnes Ventures – $100, Brown’s OK Corral – $100, Capital Farm Credit – $100, Pleasanton Express- $100,

Poteet Lions Club – $100, Poteet VFW #6790 – $100, Security State Bank – $100, Tommy Crouch -$100

This year’s Reserve Grand Champion winner is Jose and Lorena Dominguez with Strawberryville

Farms. The winning berries of the Ruby June variety sold for $7,100.

The premium buyers of the strawberries were Lassen Canyon Nursery -$1,500, Bud Light – Silver Eagle Distributing – $1,000, Dausin Electric -$1,000, H-E-B – $1,000,

Other contributing bids were:

Poteet Lions Club – $300, Tuttle Motor Co. – $300, Data Network

Cabling – $200, Hurley Funeral Homes – $200, Poteet Country Winery – $200, Pure Party Ice – $200, Southern Smiles – Dr. Jeff Jacob, DDS – $200, Brown’s OK Corral – $100, Donovan Garcia – $100, R & M – RV Park – $100, Security State Bank – $100, Tommy Crouch – $100

This year’s auction total was $63,350 with a record number of 81 entries. The Pleasanton Express will be doing a full story in next week’s edition with interviews with the Grand Champion and Reserve Growers.

There will be a special feature on the Taste of Texas Auction featured in the April 24th edition.

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