The Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet Strawberry Festival Association and the TRiCiTy Road Warriors hosted the first ever Strawberry Festival 5K and 1 Mile Berry Run/Walk, on Saturday, April 3. We had approximately 150 registrants of which 100 attended. Seeing this unfold right before our eyes was so magical and a dream come true for me.
We had the Color Guard from Poteet and Pleasanton High School JROTC Cadets post the Colors. The Commander is Cadet First Lieutenant Jeannie Gomez- Hilburn who carried the US Flag. The guard for the US Flag is Cadet Command Sergeant Major Simon Karsky. The Texas Flag was carried by Cadet Captain Victoria Chavez and the guard for the Texas Flag was Cadet SGT Ashley Steed.
These amazingly awesome JROTC Cadets did an outstanding job. Fifteen JROTC Cadets participated in the Strawberry 5K. Following the Posting of Colors, Pastor Willie Haak from the First Baptist Church in Poteet gave the invocation. Finally it was time to get the show on the road. We started off with the 1 Mile Berry Walk. The youngest and first place walker was 4-year-old Alexander Mosley of San Antonio.
The Poteet Strawberry Run/Walk had 82 participants in the 5K Run/Walk. The eldest participant in the Strawberry 5K was Jane Garza who is 84 years young from San Antonio. She finished in second place with a time of 52:59 in the Female 70 plus age group. The youngest 5K runner was 7-year-old Arrianna Herrera of Pleasanton who came in second place, with a time of 58:17 in the Female 5-10 age group.
Overall winners were Jose Saucedo with a time of 17:17 from San Antonio and Viva Kreis with a time of 20:54 from Belle Vemon, PA.
We had seven participants in the 1 Mile Berry Walk. Event participants came from Poteet, Jourdanton, Pleasanton, Devine, Dilley, Castroville, Converse, Pearsall, Huntsville, Belle, Vernon, PA. and other cities.
We give thanks to our Po- teet Strawberry Festival Court, PSFA Mascot- Freckles, Poteet Cheerleaders, Poteet National Honor Society, Poteet Rotary and TRiCiTy Road Warriors for volunteering.
A huge shout out and big thank you to our sponsors. Gold Sponsors are: D&W Leal Creations, LLC.-Poteet, Clearwater Pool and Spa-Pleasanton, Southern Smiles-Poteet, Eye Care for Texans, Ron Dwaine Mixon, OD.-Pleasanton, Farm to Familia-Poteet and IAAP web.com-Jose Iniguez. Our Silver Sponsors are: Allstate-Pleasanton, State Farm/Lily Hernandez- Agent-Pleasanton, Auto Graphics & Sign Com- pany, Von Ormy, The Backyard Kitchen-Poteet, Rock House Café- Jourdanton, South Texas Auto Repair- Poteet, Pleasant Perk Coffee House-Pleasanton and RM Car Care Service/Roy Mendez- Pleasanton. We also give thanks to the Pleasanton Express for always supporting our events.
Looking forward to making the 2022 Poteet Strawberry Festival 5K and 1 Mile Berry Run/Walk bigger, better, adding a 10K and surprises.
The Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet Strawberry Festival Association and the TRiCiTy Road Warriors, thank you all for your support, participationand sponsorship and volunteerism. Our event was a huge success because of all of you.