Each year Port Aransas celebrates its roots with an Old Town Festival. This year due to the rain the popular parade had to be canceled. Also, the sand pumpkin carving contest was postponed Other events went on as scheduled. Here is a photo review of the goings-on.
The sign points the way.
The first stop is The eighth annual Expression Session Surfing Contest. Here you seem some boards waiting for surfers.
The Texas Gulf Surfing Association is here.
A big tent with hot dogs and T-shirts and loud music.
A surfer coming in from the cold under the Horace Caldwell Pier. The Gulf temperature is in the low 70’s
More contestants going out.
A shot of the surfers using the iPhone zoom.
Wading into the cold water.
Have to have a VW camper which doubles as a kissing booth.
Here is the kisser. A little too stiff for my taste. (a manikin)
Type A surfers.
Some young folks getting ready to surf.
An old folk pretty much done for the day.
There is also The Pawesome Doggie Surfing Contest but it had not begun yet. Here are a trio of spectators.
The next stop is the Port Aransas Hurricane Tree Recovery Campaign.
Native Texas tree plantings are free.
Some of the varieties.
All you do is sign in and pick out which trees you would like.
Here is a shot of the Museum where a special surfing exhibit is on display. The sign points to the community center where storytellers are relating Wild Sea Stories which are tales of Port Aransas’ past.
Here is a shot of the community center where the stories are being told and a lunch is being served.
Here is a photo of the Farley Boat Works which was the location for the Barn Dance Saturday night. In addition to a band, there was red or white clams linguine served.
All in all the rain did not put a damper of the Festival.