72 years is a lot of strawberries. The Poteet Strawberry Festival is celebrating its 71st year; the annual event is being held April 5-7 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 Gary Hobbs, Back In Black, Atomic Punks, Los Desporadoz, Michael Salgado, and Natalie Rose among others.
Throughout the day the various stages will feature magic shows, sciences shows, and even a hypnotist. Make sure to head over to the Rodeo Lions arena later in the day to catch a glimpse of the rodeo. And the firework show on Saturday night presented by Ramos Tire and Auto Service.
Tickets are available for purchase in advance on the festival's website (ticket prices are $15 per ticket) or you can buy tickets each day at the gate ($20 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 which includes $1 carnival rides; 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 1 a.m.
Fancy a ride on the tilt-a-whirl? Purchase a carnival wristband for $35 per person for unlimited rides, valid all day.
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.