“Ahhh,” read the subject line to a pithy email that arrived in A-B’s inbox late last month: “dude i want to overdose on this shit.”

Nope, not that ’09-dealt smack that’s been making the headlines lately, but the Poteet Strawberry Festival, which kicks off just 30 minutes south of downtown this weekend. Mark Chesnutt and Ronnie Milsap headline the 62nd Annual, which like its predecessors is expected to draw 100,000 or so visitors. La Mafia, Elida Reyna, and Grupo Vida are on the Tejano bill.

And for the kids? Fill ’em up at the strawberry-eating contests on Saturday and Sunday, add soda, and let them run around in the sunshine. Also: a petting zoo, and for the young at heart, professional faux Kings from around the country channel Elvis Sunday afternoon for a chance at fame and fortune. Admission is free Friday evening when the gates open at 6 p.m., but the excuse for this over-the-top fest — the judging of the berries — happens at 2 p.m. Saturday. $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under and military personnel with an ID. for more info.

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