For over 75 years, serving our community has been what drives the countless volunteer hours and hard work that go into the Poteet Strawberry Festival. It has been a crucial source of funding for scholarships, farmers, non-profits, and small businesses.
The health and safety of our guests, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority as we move forward with having the 2021 festival. Our plans for additional sanitizing and distancing remain in place as well as working with our local/state officials in order to provide the safest experience for all in attendance at our event. All of our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and we strongly encourage our guests to do the same. We are all aware there are risks associated with public gatherings, but also know this is a final opportunity for many of us to avoid closing our doors for good. Working as a team, we can enjoy a safe and fun-filled festival that will bring us together and allow us to continue to provide for our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I EXHIBIT AT THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL?
HOW DID THE POTEET STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL BEGIN?
WHEN WAS THE FIRST FESTIVAL HELD?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL?
HOW HAS THE FESTIVAL GROWN OVER THE LAST 7 DECADES?
WHO COMES TO THE FESTIVAL?
Everyone. Young families like the fact that children age 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Others recognize that the admission fee is absolutely the best entertainment package in the state. The price for a ticket for Saturday or Sunday will be $20 and $10 for Friday. Discount tickets (sold online) will be $15 for one day and $15 if they purchase two or more tickets. Once inside the festival grounds, individuals may sample all of the free, live entertainment on fourteen stages, including the outdoor concerts and the rodeo performances. Annually people from all over the nation and some foreign countries attending the berry fest.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
WHO PARTICIPATES IN THE FESTIVAL?
HOW MUCH DOES THE FOOD COST?
PSFTX Event Details
9199 N State Hwy 16, Poteet, TX 78065
Held annually in April, the festival has 14 areas of continuous entertainment featuring concerts with nationally known Country Western and Tejano stars, regional bands, gunslingers, carnival, various contests, and rodeo performances. There is something for the whole family!
ABOUT POTEET STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Located in the heart of the Artesian Belt, Poteet is recognized as the “Strawberry Capital of Texas”. No doubt, Henry and Ida Mumme, the city’s founders, would be amazed to see what acclaim is now attached to the crop which started as a few rows in Mumme’s kitchen garden. The first year of marketing Poteet strawberries proved very successful and strawberries sold for $20….that’s more than they sell for on today’s market. In 1921 a group of Poteet citizens invited guests from San Antonio to partake in its new-found delicacies. Headlines in the San Antonio Express read, “Crimson Berries Beckon Hungry Tourists to Poteet.” The Poteet Rotary Club continued the tradition when it organized the 1st Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival in 1948.
AUTHENTIC POTEET STRAWBERRIES
The Poteet Strawberry Festival Association celebrates every year with our Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival, typically held the second weekend of April every year. Since the annual event draws crowds more than 100,000, the demand for Poteet strawberries is greater than the supply. Unfortunately, outside strawberry markets move into the Poteet area to take advantage of the crowds. The Association has no control of vendors outside the Festival Grounds. However, to assure that our guests are getting the genuine articles, all local berries will be in newly designed boxes which state “Fresh Produce-Poteet, Texas” during Festival Weekend. The Poteet growers are also offered locations on the Festival Grounds to sell their berries. For information on Poteet strawberries and their availability at other times, call our office at 888-742-8144. Or, email Carol Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anna Palacios-Skurka at email@example.com.
Over two decades ago the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association (PSFA) established a Scholarship Program. The Association saw its Scholarship Program as an avenue by which local young people could attain a higher education. Each year the Festival funds approximately thirty scholarships to Poteet graduates. The Association alone donates at least ten scholarships each year. Most of its seven member organizations donates from two to four scholarships each year and many of the thirty or so non-profit church, school and civic organizations that operate food booths on the Festival Grounds donate scholarships as well. Several years ago, to supply additional support and encouragement for these ambitious young people, the Poteet Strawberry Festival pledged continuing scholarships to those students who remained in college and maintained their grades. The purpose was to see that those who wished to graduate and earn a degree could, enabling them to become more productive citizens.
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Poteet Strawberry Festival Royalty
Festival Royalty & Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 2018 Poteet Strawberry Festival Royal Court –
Queen and King, Prince and Princess, Dukes & Dutchesses.
2018 Strawberry Festival Royal Court
Queen: Karen Ortega
Prince: Tyler Parsons
Princess: Jayci Kennedy
Duke: Nicolas Coronado | Derek Scharmann | Derek Lozano
Duchess: Brianna Camarillo | Hannah Grace Watts | Stephanie Harris
Our Board of Directors
(Back row from left to right)
Chris Lopez, Daylon Payne, Will Bates, Don Retloff, Linda Ritchey (PSFA Secretary), Doris Thomas, Gerard Herrera, David Reyes, Leonard Martinez
(Front row from left to right)
Carlos Torres (PSFA President), Ron Mixon (PSFA Vice President), Connie Waxler, Diane Martinez, Brenda Young (PSFA Treasurer), Ruth Carson, Carol Rivera (Festival Coordinator), Anna Palacios Skurka (Assistant Festival Coordinator)