Queen Lauren Zavala and King C. Alejandro Garcia were crowned among brightly colored paper flowers, baloons, sombreros and beautiful blankets befitting the “The Court of Fiesta” theme at the 66th annual Poteet Strawberry Festival Coronation.
Miss Zavala is the 16- year old daughter of Loretta and Adam Zavala. She is a junior at Poteet High School. Sixteen-year old C. Alejando Garcia is also a junior and the son of Michael and Joanna Fletcher.
Lindsay Ramon, 17-yearold junior, was selected as Princess. Lindsay is the daughter of Lorena and Joe Dominguez. Cameron Uribe was named Prince. He is a 16- year old junior and the son of Traci and Jeff Uribe.
Also on this year’s court are Duchesses Amber Nicole Rodriguez, daughter of daughter of Nicolas S. Rodriguez, Jr., and Olga M. Escamilla; Caitlin Crisp, daughter of Wayne and Christina Crisp and Rebekah Wagner, daughter of Larry and Kathy Wagner. Selected as Dukes are Ray Rodriguez, son of Adolf and Virginia Rodriguez; Jake Hamm, son of Mike Hamm and Kathy Schievelbein and Adam Ybarra, son of Roy and Anna Ybarra.
The annual event is coordinated by the Kappa Tau Sorority and was held March 9 at the Poteet High School. Sorority member Susie Davis introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Kimberly Crawford, KABB Fox29’s “Daytime @ Nine” morning show cohost. Crawford also interviewed each of the Little Miss and Mister Poteet contestants who were then chosen by a panel of judges.
This year’s Little Miss and Mister Poteet are first graders Taryn Garcia and Baltazar Ramirez Jr.
Taryn is the daughter of Shawna and Donovan Garcia. Baltazar is the son of Noma and Baltazar Ramirez Sr.
Former king, Ron Mixon recognized all the kings and queens of Strawberry Festivals from the past who were in attendance.
After thanking the sorority and the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association, Mixon pointed out the decorative festival posters on display, created by second grade Poteet students.
Tears of joy were shed by the 2012 Queen Leslie Ramon as she reminisced about the past year – attending festivals and parades and bonding with everyone on the court. Brandon Lopez also shared his memories of serving as King.
This year’s coronation class representatives are: Magnolia Flores and Eric Flores (12th grade), Miranda Wiederhold and Rudy Rodriguez (11th grade), Jaelyn Guerra and Stephen Gamez (10th grade), Naomi Ybanez and Patrick Gonzales (ninth grade), Noelia Reyes and Tyler Crisp (eighth grade), Hannah Dove and Brockman Behrens (seventh grade), Lalia Valdez and Carlos Reyes (sixth grade), Arianna D. Hernandez and Richard Espinoza (fifth grade), Krystale Luna and Jonathan Lopez (fourth grade), Jocelyn Orta and Ernest Davila III (third grade), Bailey Oropeza and Eric Oliva (second grade) and Julissa Bryan and Jayden Joe Arredondo (kindergarten).
The three-day event will be held April 12-14 at the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds located off of SH16. There will be lots of entertainment, a huge carnival, a parade, food booths, contests and auctions.