Strawberry Festival welcomed largest crowd to dateFree Access

Over 170K visit grounds Friday through Sunday

Rebecca Pesqueda

Reporter

The 71st Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival was a groovy, fun-filled weekend held April 13-15 that welcomed in over 170K visitors from all over. Poteet Strawberry Festival Coordinator, Carol Rivera said this year’s festival saw its largest attendance to date, surpassing last year’s record breaking 120K.

The grounds were thriving with attractions, a carnival, rodeo, musical entertainers/performers and of course, food. Guests had the chance to experience the flavorful tastes of the blooming onions, Philly cheese steaks and a variety of authentic foods. The weather was nothing short of perfect for this year’s festival, despite Friday night’s late coming thunderstorm that dampened the grounds. But that didn’t stop visitors from enjoying Friday night’s headlining performer, Foghat.

On Saturday morning, people lined the streets with families and friends to check out the 120 entries of local and out-of-town colorful floats, vehicles, organizations and businesses parade the streets of Poteet. Parade entrants were given the opportunity to participate in being judged or not. Judging was based on general appearance, artistry, originality, animation, costuming, sound and overall performance during judging. These are the results of the parade judging:

Military/ROTC

1st – Poteet Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 697

2nd – Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association

3rd – Pleasanton JROTC

County Organization

1st – Coastal Bend College

2nd – Medina County Fair Association

3rd – LaSalle County Fair Association- Wild Hog Cook Off

Marching Band

1st – Holy Cross of San Antonio

2nd – Poteet Aggie Band

3rd – Charlotte High School

Chamber of Commerce/Festival Float

1st – Floresville Peanut Festival- Royal Court

2nd – Floresville Peanut Festival- Children’s Court

3rd – Gonzales Chamber of Commerce- Miss Gonzales Court

Youth Organization

1st – Jubilee Highland Park Cheer Team

2nd – Clyde the Wonder Carriage- San Antonio Sunrise Rotary

3rd – Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano de Poteet, Texas

Business

1st – PopDaTops Bar

2nd – San Antonio AirLife

Mounted Unit/Equestrian Train Ride

1st – Escaramuza Adelitas

2nd – Los 3 Amigos Trail Riders

3rd – Escaramuza Las Tejanitas

Others

Most Original – Melindas Barber Shop

Best Strawberry Theme – Freckles

Best All Around – Floresville Royal Court

Plans for the 2019 Poteet Strawberry Festival will begin next month.


H-E-B and the Poteet VFW Post 6970 were the premium bidders on the Berry Best of Show winning entry of Haley Wilkins at the Poteet Strawberry Festival Taste of Texas Food Show. Haley’s concoction, Berry Best Cheesecake was aptly named and drew add-on buyers which totaled $1,900. Left to right, front row are Tiffany Sanchez, H-E-B; Robert Shipley, Poteet VFW Post 6970; Haley Wilkins, Aubrey Smith, Unit Director at H-E-B; Raye Arlitt, Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders and Dr. Ron Mixon, Poteet Rotary. Back row are: Larry Wagner, Matco Tools; Brandon Bartek, Bartek Construction; Randy Eichman, Poteet Lions, J.W. and Beth McDonald. Not pictured are: Bryan and Codi Crouch, WIll Bates and Brenda Young, CPA.
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