Strawberry Festival Coronation

Queen To Be Crowned This Weekend

Kaitlyn Muñoz

Kaitlyn Muñoz

In less than a month, thousands will visit the Strawberry Capital of Texas, for the 67th annual Poteet Strawberry Festival. This year’s event will run from April 4-6.

To help kick off the celebration, the Poteet Strawberry Festival Coronation will take place this Saturday, March 8, at the Poteet High School Auditorium. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

“Blossoms of the Orient” will be this year’s theme.

The evening will open with the presentation of the class representatives and the selection of Little Miss and Mister Poteet. The introduction of this year’s candidates will follow. The event will end with the crowning of the 2014 Queen and King, Prince and Princess and Dukes and Duchesses.

Poteet Strawberry Festival Queen candidates are: Amber Nicole Rodriguez, Caitlin Crisp, Naomi Ybanez, Charity Keeling and Selena Richardson. Vying for the title of Poteet Strawberry Festival King are: John Nicholas Cervantez, Zachary Mancha, Raul Adam Ybarra, Clayton Akers and Patrick Gonzales. You can read their biographies in the Living section, page 1B.

This year’s emcee will be Kaitlyn Muñoz, a producer and correspondent for San Antonio’s newest lifestyle show, “Daytime at Nine,” on FOX San Antonio.

This San Antonio native began her career in the TV industry at the young age of 17. After a visit to the CBS affiliate, she shadowed the staff and mentored under the executive producer. Upon graduation, she took an internship with the #1 lifestyle show in San Antonio, KENS 5 “Great Day SA.”

Muñoz acquired her first full-time production position upon the relaunch of “Daytime at Nine” on FOX San Antonio. After a year and a half as an associate producer, she was quickly promoted and is now the youngest lifestyle producer in San Antonio.

She enjoys being behind the scenes, but her lively personality and infectious smile on air cannot be ignored. You can catch her on camera as a correspondent and co-host on a regular basis.

“Daytime at Nine” airs on FOX San Antonio Monday through Friday at 9 a.m.

Farmers Market

A new event slated for this year is the upcoming Strawberry Growers Farmers Market on Saturday, March 22. This harvesting celebration will take place on the festival grounds, explained Anna Palacios Skurka of the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and admission is free.

Stop by for your fresh picked strawberries, fresh produce, strawberry preserves and strawberry pastries!

“Many times visitors come to the festival and the strawberries have sold out by the time they get here,” said Skurka. “Other times, they buy strawberries and then they put them in their car, planning to stay for just a little while.”

What often ends up happening is festival visitors stay much longer than they planned, so when they return to their car their fresh berries have gone bad.

“This is a way to help the growers, as well as those people who want to buy strawberries,” added Skurka.

The event is being sponsored by the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association and the Poteet Rotary Club.

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