Strawberry royalty to be crowned Sat.

Farmers’ Market returns for locals

Amid a theme of “The Court of the Egyptian Nile,” the 2015 Poteet Strawberry Festival Queen and King will be crowned this Saturday, March 7. Organized by the Kappa Tau Sorority, the coronation is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Shay Huggins and Joseph Warnken will serve as this year’s emcees.

Many will gather at the Poteet High School Auditorium for this annual event, which serves as the perfect way to usher in the 68th annual Poteet Strawberry Festival, slated for April 10-12. According to the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association, the celebration is one of the oldest and most popular events in Texas and it is also recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas.

Poteet High School students vying for the Queen title are: Emily Reyes, Lexii Briseño, Naomi Jo Ybañez, Jasmine Richardson and Meranda Ramirez. Competing to be crowned King are: Robert Diego Moreno, Donovan Ronin Garcia II, Tyler Crisp, John Nicholas Cervantez and Rex Yee.

The evening’s ceremony will start with the introduction of the class representatives. Then, youngsters competing for Little Miss and Mister Poteet will be interviewed and the winners will later be announced. The event will culminate with the selection of the Queen and King, Prince and Princess and Dukes and Duchesses.

Farmers Market

Are you ready for delicious strawberries from Poteet and Atascosa County, but you don’t want to wait until April?

Once again, the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association will sponsor the 2nd annual Strawberry Growers Farmers Market at the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds on Saturday, March 28. Admission is free.

Stop by from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for fresh strawberries, fresh produce, strawberry preserves and strawberry pastries.

This harvesting celebration began in 2014 to assist local strawberry growers, as well as the public. Two Farmers Market events were held last year, with the first one being very successful.

“It gives people the opportunity to buy Poteet strawberries before the festival crowd is here,” said Carol Rivera, festival coordinator with the Poteet Strawberry Festival.

So join them March 28 and support your local farmers.

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