71 years is a lot of strawberries. The Poteet Strawberry Festival is celebrating its 71st year; the annual event is being held April 13-15 in Poteet, Texas, located just south of San Antonio.
The festival, which takes place in the "Strawberry Capital of Texas," draws more than 100,000 participants over three days, and people come just as much for the live music, great food, carnival rides and games, and rodeo performances as for the delicious strawberries.
This year, the annual festival features around 130 musical performances from Tanya Tucker, Bree Jimenez, Kevin Fowler, Little Texas, Ramon Ayala, David Trevino y Los Tremendos, and Natalie Rose, among others.
The Poteet Strawberry Festival Annual Parade happens at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The grand marshals for this year's parade are Texas Country Reporter co-hosts Bob Phillips & Kelli Phillips.
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Tickets are available for purchase in advance on the festival's website (ticket prices are $12.50 per ticket or $10 each for two or more tickets) or you can buy tickets each day at the gate ($15 per ticket). Each ticket is good for one day only. Children under 12 are free. There is also free admission for military personnel with valid I.D.
Friday is @Kens5 Night; the festival opens at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. Saturday is H-E-B Family Day with hours from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday is #SundayFunday with hours from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Each year, proceeds from the festival go to support about 30 scholarships for local students pursuing higher education.
The address for the 71st annual Poteet Strawberry Festival is 9199 N State Hwy 16 in Poteet. For more information on the festival's schedule, visit their website at http://strawberryfestival.com/ or their Facebook page.