Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Poteet Celebrates 70 Years of Strawberry Festival

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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What’s red, fresh, sweet and makes the perfect snack? In San Antonio that usually means a raspa, but down in Poteet the answer is always strawberries.

This year the strawberry capital of Texas is hosting the Strawberry Festival for the 70th time.

The Poteet Rotary Club organized the first festival in 1948 to give World War II veterans an incentive to farm in the area. Even in its first year, the festival was enjoyed by the 5,000 visitors from all over South Texas. The festival now expects more than 100,000 attendees throughout the weekend.

Festival organizers say they are making the three-day festival bigger and better than ever, despite an industry shortage of the popular fruit. From strawberry shortcake and strawberry nut bread to strawberry smothered brownies and strawberry lemonade, the vendors are providing many ways to devour the delectable fruit this year. Just don’t forget to munch on a chicken on a stick and a turkey leg, too.

Walk off the fair food around the grounds and visit the petting zoo or watch one of the many performances throughout the weekend. Stick around for  music acts like Jay Perez, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Elida Reyna, Easton Corbin, Jon Wolfe and The Spazmatics.

Tickets for admission range from $5 to $15 and can be purchased online or at the gate. Poteet Strawberry Festival, April 7-9, 9199 N. State Hwy. 16.

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