On Saturday, September 17, 2016, from noon to 6:00 p.m., at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff, this small but tight community will come together to celebrate homecoming week and 65 years of the Flour Bluff Business Association. You don’t want to miss this! Our community is one rich in history from its unique name, a result of the Pastry War between France and Mexico, to its yearly Santa float that still winds it way through the streets of Flour Bluff bringing candy and smiles to all in the Christmas season. There is no place like Flour Bluff!
According to local historian, Murphy Givens, “The Sept. 8, 1838, Telegraph and Texas Register reported that Col. Edwin Morehouse was back from Corpus Christi Bay after his militiamen interrupted Mexican smugglers unloading cargo on the Encinal Peninsula, a wedge of land between the Cayo del Oso and the Laguna Madre. The smugglers met a company of Mexicans on shore ready to load the goods on pack horses to carry into Mexico. When the Texas militia arrived, they dumped 100 barrels of flour and parts of a steam engine and ran. That flour-dumping incident gave Flour Bluff its name, although the first usage of it as a place name has been lost in the footnotes of history.”
The FBBA will commemorate Flour Bluff’s role in this war by having its own Pastry War, a pastry eating contest. It is open to people of all ages. All the contestants must do is sign up at the FBBA table for the battle that begins at 3:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each contest. If you love pie and pastries, this could just be the event for you! Our local celebrities and candidates for local offices are encouraged to take part. Aprons and napkins will be provided. Just bring an appetite!
Of course, the Flour Bluff story will be part of the event. Greg Smith, lifetime resident and descendant of the Dunn family who settled the area and ran cattle on Padre Island, will tell our story at 12:20 p.m. following the opening ceremonies.
Live music will be a major part of the day. The FBBA welcomes Michael Burtts, Cat House (award-winning blues power trio from Corpus Christi), and Jimmy Spacek (considered the Godfather of San Antonio blues).
Coastal A’s and Rods will have cool cars and trucks for all to “ooh” and “aah” over, while the FB Fire Department (ESD#2) will let you take a whack at an old car to help raise money for the Santa float, a tradition of Flour Bluff that continues to bring smiles to the faces of young and old alike.
Free game/ride cards for the first 200 kids!
Coastal A’s and Rods Show!
Take your frustrations out on an old car while raising money for the FBFD Santa Float!
Sign up for the newly-formed Flour Bluff Citizens Council!
Pastry Wars Pie-Eating Contest for kids and adults!
Spin the roulette wheel to win Keep It In the Bluff memorabilia (t-shirts, koozies, stress balls), Whataburger coupons, Walmart gift cards!
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.