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Poteet festival celebrates sweet strawberries and welcomes back bigger crowds

The Poteet Strawberry Festival drew a colorful crowd in 2019.
Kathleen Creedon
The Poteet Strawberry Festival drew a colorful crowd in 2019.

The 75th annual Poteet Strawberry Festival celebrated the fruit's sweetness, versatility and beauty this weekend.

The annual festival promoted Poteet’s premier strawberries. Purchases made at the festival fund scholarships, farmers, nonprofits and small businesses.

The festival's Public Information Officer Tina Neely said visitors to the festival, about 30 minutes south of San Antonio, can expect lots of strawberry foods and drinks.

"Strawberry nachos are pretty popular, and of course, we always got strawberry shortcake. We have strawberry lemonade, strawberry mangonadas, strawberry cheesecake. We’ve actually got some mixed drinks with different whiskeys and vodkas," she said.

But the range of activities went far beyond eating and drinking, especially for kids.

"We’ve got a whole children's area, then we also got a full petting zoo, a glass blowing display, we’ve got the ranch rodeo, barrel racing, the whole nine yards," Neely said.

Visitors could also listen to music concerts, including performances from country artists Sara Evans, Kevin Fowler and Randall King.

The pandemic forced previous festivals to downsize. But not this year, organizers expected many more attendees this year.

Organizers also advised that inflation has made strawberries more expensive.

Tickets purchased online are $15 each for Saturday and Sunday. You can also purchase tickets in person for $20 at the gate.

The event runs until 1 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit strawberryfestival.com.

Brian Kirkpatrick and Dan Katz contributed to this report.

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