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Strawberry Festival Grounds, Poteet, TX 78065
Estimated attendance: 100,000
Exhibitor's Deadline Application
January 14, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Food Vendor's Deadline Application
Performer's/Entertainer's Deadline Application
January 10, 2020 @ 12:00 am
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!
The Poteet Strawberry Festival began in 1948 when the Poteet Rotary Club organized the first event in an effort to provide returning Word War 11 veterans an incentive to return to the farms. The club’s second aim was to improve the pack of berries so buyers would receive a uniform pint, flat, or crate of strawberries.
The first festival was held the second weekend in April, 1948, in downtown Poteet and was enthusiastically received by the media and south Texas citizens.
The primary purpose of the festival is to promote Poteet’s premier strawberries, now an endangered crop. Another major purpose is providing scholarships to educate the youth of Poteet with festival proceeds. The festival has also become a major economic generator for south Texas and Atacosa County, pouring an estimated $10-$12 million into the South Texas economy. In addition, the annual berry fest is now a major tourist attraction for the state and the greater southwest United States.
The Annual Strawberry Fest hit the ground running that very first year. Approximately 5,000 people arrived to enjoy the party in 1948. and now the festival can expect over 100,000 to trek through the festival grounds during the festival weekend. The first-year volunteers were only from Poteet. In 2007, over 8,000 volunteers from all over Texas, other states, and a few foreign countries arrived to help stage this major Texas spring event.
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 attend the berry fest.
Only service animals are allowed on the festival grounds, so please leave your pets at home.
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