How would you like to open up your home to entertain 100 people with food and lots of entertainment? And it all has to be timed perfectly.
Daunting? Maybe, but that is essentially what the fine folks at the Strawberry Festival Association do each year, times 1000. The citizens of Poteet are much like your neighbors – invited to participate and get involved. While you may prepare your neighborhood for company, they turn their almost 100 acres into a welcoming festival that salutes the strawberry growers in the area.
Of course they have help. Area clubs rent out spaces to sell their delicious food items (tacos, funnel cakes, thingson a-stick and anything strawberry related, etc.), volunteers man the various contests, food show, auction and the like. Coordinators ensure the entertainers (top notch, I may add) are on stage (and off) so it all runs smoothly. Arts and crafts vendors are sought and a parade and rodeos are planned so viewers are properly entertained.
And any time you mix a crowd with warm weather and adult beverages there may be a few scuffles. Not to worry, security is hired to ensure all is safe.
The celebration helps to fund scholarships for youth and to ensure successful festivals each year. And, of course, many non-profits fund their projects through the proceeds they raise each year.
The way I see it, be sure to head over to enjoy this year’s festivities. The weather is supposed to be great (perfect to ripen strawberries), so get out and enjoy it. Good luck to all involved in Poteet’s 67th Strawberry Festival. I’m sure it will be another success.
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.