Strawberry Festival welcomed over 120K visitors
Over 120K visitors walked the grounds at the 70th Poteet Strawberry Festival during the weekend of April 6 through April 9 and enjoyed perfect weekend weather.
Festival organizers have said unofficially the festival appears to have had a larger attendance than last year’s overall attendance. Festival-goers were able to enjoy various musical entertainment, a rodeo, parade and last but certainly not least, the food. Chicken on a stick, spiral potatoes and funnel cakes are some of the food items that had mouths watering and many waiting in long lines.
People lined the streets of Poteet to catch a glimpse of over 130 colorful entries with a mix of local and out-of-town participants. Entrants were given the opportunity to choose whether they wanted to be judged. Judging is based on general appearance, artistry, originality, animation, costuming, sound, and overall performance during judging. These are the parade results:
1st - Pleasanton High School JROTC
2nd - Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association
3rd - Poteet Memorial VFW Post 6970 and Auxiliary
1st - Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Orlando Carrasco
2nd - Atascosa Commissioner Precinct 3, Eliseo Perez
1st - St. Margaret Mary Catholic School- Eagle Band
2nd - Sabinal High School
3rd - Poteet Aggie Band
Chamber of Commerce/Festival Float
1st- Floresville Peanut Festival Association Children's Court
2nd- Freer Chamber of Commerce/Freer Rattlesnake Roundup
3rd- LaSalle County Fair and Wild Hog Cook Off
1st- Highland Park GT Academy Cheer Squad
2nd- Miss Heart of the USA
3rd- Althos Leadership Academy Premier
1st- State Farm - Lily Hernandez
2nd- Irma's Cafe
3rd- Coastal Bend College
Mounted Unit/Equestrian Train Ride
1st- Escaramuza Rosas de Castilla
2nd- Escaramuza Flores del Campo
3rd- Escaramuza La Pajara
“We would like to say thank you to the community and our guests for their support. We were blessed with beautiful weather and that had a lot to do with our attendance, as well. We appreciate everyone for coming from near and far to make our festival a success,” said Carol Rivera, festival coordinator.
Plans for the 2018 Poteet Strawberry Festival will begin next month. To see our photos of the festival and parade, visit our website at www.pleasantonexpress.com.