Kim Sneed Updates FBBA on FBISD News

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FBBA president, Jennifer Welp, and FBISD Public Information Officer, Kim Sneed (Photo by SevenTwelve Photography)

     Kim Sneed, FBISD Public Information Officer, addressed the Flour Bluff Business Association at its regular monthly meeting held at noon on September 13, 2017, at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff.  Sneed, who took Lynn Kaylor’s place nearly two years ago, has over a decade of experience in public information.  Sneed spent the first part of her career with Corpus Christi ISD.  Sneed introduced Tracy Dennis, the new Director of Instruction, who joined the district from Judson ISD before speaking to the group about what has been happening at Flour Bluff ISD.

     Sneed said, “Just before Hurricane Harvey came to visit us, the Flour Bluff Board of Trustees adopted the 2017-18 budget of about $52 million, which included a 3% raise for all employees, something a lot of districts have not been able to do.  The board, finance department, and superintendent worked hard to make this possible while keeping the effective tax rate a little below last year’s rate.”

     Sneed went on to give an accounting of the 2013 Bond projects.  “A lot of our bond projects have been completed.  We just finished up at the end of the year the Primary and Elementary library, and it is a beautiful facility.”  She described the library as a place that houses books and study tables in the main area, while providing separate classroom and meeting spaces for the two campuses.

     “The junior high is still experiencing construction on the expansion of the cafeteria.  This campus is also in the process of getting an additional gym.  The bids were just accepted, and the work will be starting soon,” said Sneed.  “Over the summer, the swimmers were able to get into the new natatorium and test the waters.  That gave Coach Hutchinson, who is also the natatorium supervisor, an opportunity to learn the facility and learn to use the state-of-the-art equipment.  They have been having practice in there.  Brian wanted me to let everybody know that the district is working on a plan to allow swim lessons and lap swimming for the public.  The first step to that is to make sure we have lifeguards.”  Sneed went on to explain that more information regarding public use of the pool would be forthcoming in the next few weeks.  She ended the update on bond projects by telling the audience that the bus wash would soon be under construction now that the board has accepted the bids.

    “Hurricane Harvey has created some new challenges for the district.  The district experienced minimal damage, consisting of a few uprooted trees, some water seeping in, and debris on the grounds, but nothing that would impede our work or operations,” said Sneed.  “After taking a drive to Port Aransas, we realized that many kids would be displaced and would need a place to call ‘home.’  We put a plan in place pretty quickly and started school up one week after the original start date.  We held a special registration at the high school for these kids.  It was awesome, and it was emotional.  Many of the Port Aransas folks hadn’t seen each other since before the storm.  They were hugging each other and were so overwhelmed by the support from this entire community.  To date, we have enrolled close to 250 kids mostly from Port Aransas, but also from Aransas Pass, Rockport, Woodsboro, and Houston.”

     Sneed went on to tell of a conversation she had with a close counterpart in Gregory-Portland ISD.  “As of today, they have enrolled 1300 kids.  They were able to accept all of them because they just opened a new elementary school, and they have a sixth-grade campus – that had been a junior high campus – that they were able to reopen.  It has been an entire Coastal Bend area effort to ensure that these kids have some sense of normalcy.”  She went on to thank the City of Corpus Christi, AEP, and out-of-state utility companies that helped get the school back on line.  Sneed thanked the joint efforts of Walmart and the Corpus Christi Police Department for donating school supplies and other groups who made certain the displaced children had appropriate clothing for school by donating spirit shirts to help them feel like part of the Flour Bluff family.

     The Port A ISD faculty and staff have been working hand-in-hand with Flour Bluff to look out for the children from Port Aransas and help them feel more at ease in their new environment.  “We really appreciate their efforts,” said Sneed.

    Attendees were encouraged to take part in H.O.S.T.S. (Helping Our Students To Succeed).  It is a mentor program established in September 2014 to be a partnership of FBISD and dedicated community member serving the needs of our students in grades 3 – 12.  For anyone interested in being a mentor, Sneed encouraged those in the audience to contact Dr. Linda Barganski at Central Office.  “The volunteers usually meet with the kids once a week for 30 minutes to an hour and just be that positive role model for them.”

     “Football season has started!  We only have three home games this year, and one of those is Homecoming on Friday, October 13.  The Homecoming Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, and will travel along Waldron from Compton to Hornet Stadium where we will have the Swarm and the burning of the FB.  There will be many activities for the students throughout the week, so look for that,” Sneed informed the group.

     “Mr. Schuss and Dr. Alvarado will be in Austin on Friday with intermediate math teacher Jack Marley as he receives recognition as the ESC Region II Teacher of the Year.  Because of Harvey, the actual service center announcement and celebration was postponed but will take place on Thursday, September 21, at ESC II downtown,” added Sneed.

     Several people in attendance asked about the traffic issues.  “We have had a few issues with new bus routes and just getting in sync the first days of school.  We’ve also had changes in start and release times that have added to the traffic problems,” replied Sneed.  She explained that many of the displaced students must be driven to school, which adds to the traffic problems.  “To help alleviate some of this, the displaced students are going to be picked up at Schlitterbahn.  We just ask for your patience,” said Sneed.  Everyone was encouraged to check out flourbluffschools.net for more information.

More FBBA News and Community Announcements

  • Flour Fest is October 28 at Parker Park. Volunteers are needed.  Please contact Jonathan Vela, Special Events Coordinator.
  • High school Homecoming Mums will be customized by the PTA for the displaced students.
  • Add info@flourbluffbusinessassociation.com to your address book so that you can receive emails from FBBA.
  • Javier Wiley from HEB told the group that the new Hornet football helmets are part of a donation from HEB. Curbside is now open as another shopping option.  Shipt is also still available.  Visit hebtoyou.com.  HEB put in an official request to public affairs for disaster relief in Port A (i.e. mobile showers, mobile kitchens, mobile pharmacies).  Wiley handed out $2000 in gift cards to Port A citizens and $1000 to Flour Bluff.  Welp thanked HEB for always being the last to close and the first to open when disaster strikes.
  • The FBBA is partnering with Nueces County and and organization called DeGoLa (Dewitt, Goliad, and Lavaca Counties), a Resource, Conservation, and Development District, to hold a tire recycling program event in Flour Bluff on Saturday, November 4, 2017, and again in March of 2018.
  • Next FBBA General Meeting: October 10, 2017, at noon, at Funtrackers

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.

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FBBA Members Get History Lesson from Cpt. Rocco Montesano

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Captain F. W. “Rocco” Montesano (Ret’d. US Navy)

     F. W. “Rocco” Montesano, U.S. Naval Academy graduate and retired captain of the Unites States Navy now serving as Executive Director at the USS LEXINGTON Museum on the Bay, addressed a group of about 35 Flour Bluff Business Association members and guests at the regular meeting on May 10, 2017, at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff.  Montesano came to Flour Bluff in 1994 as the commanding officer at NAS Corpus Christi. “Both of my kids attended Flour Bluff Schools and got a great education there.  My wife taught and retired from Flour Bluff School System.  When I retired from the Navy, I said, ‘I want to live in the Bluff.’  It’s a unique place, and it’s really great to be in the Bluff.”

     “Normally I talk about the Lexington,” said Montesano in reference to the carrier nicknamed by Tokyo Rose as “the Blue Ghost”, which was commissioned in 1943 and was the oldest working carrier in the United States Navy when decommissioned in 1991.  “Last year we had 305,000 visitors.  We now have a brand new digital, state-of-the-art, 3-D laser projector in our theater, and we are premiering a new carrier movie simultaneously with the Smithsonian on the 24th of this month.  If you haven’t been there lately, come on out.”

    “We have one volunteer at the museum who is a Pearl Harbor survivor,” Montesano proudly said as he spoke with great reverence for the thousands of Sailors who gave their lives in WWII and how these members of “the Greatest Generation” are “fading away.”  He explained how the current Lexington’s predecessor, USS Lexington (CV2) was sunk in the Battle of Coral Sea, the battle that saved Australia from being overtaken by Japan.  Then with the aid of maps and charts, Montesano proceeded to take the audience on a trip back in time seventy-five years to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid, and the Battle of the Coral Sea, all the while working his way to the story of the Battle of Midway, the decisive battle that occurred six months after Pearl Harbor.

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   With slides of maps, Montesano walked the group through the events described by historians as the “turning point” of WWII. He spoke of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Ensign George Henry Gay, Jr., who went on to become a TWA pilot, Captain Clarence W. McClusky, CDR John Waldron, Lt. William Hall, whose daughter lives in Corpus Christi, and CDR Joseph Rochefort, who led the team of code breakers that gave Nimitz the information he needed to make the decisions that led to the Battle of Midway. Rochefort, who was denied the Distinguished Service Medal twice during his lifetime and ousted as an intelligence officer after he was first nominated for it, died in 1976. “He was finally awarded the medal posthumously in 1985,” said Montesano, explaining the Rochefort’s information, which was correct, ran counter to what Washington, D.C. put out, and awarding the medal would be a confession of their faulty thinking.

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     “War is about big things, big movements, movements of troops, but it boils down to people,” he said as he spoke of those who paid the ultimate price.  He told of Ensign Frank O’Flaherty and his gunner, Bruno Gaido, who were taken aboard a Japanese cruiser, interrogated, beaten, and thrown overboard with 5-gallon kerosene cans tied to them.  He commemorated Harold Smith, Dean Hallmark, and William Farrow, three of Doolittle’s Raiders, whom the Japanese captured and executed.  Montesano said that the three men were told the day before that they would be put to death and that William Farrow was able to write a letter home to his mother. Farrow wrote, “Don’t let this get you down. Just remember God will make everything right, and I’ll see you again in the hereafter.  If you want to know how I’m taking this, my faith in God is complete, so I’m not afraid.”

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     Montesano reminded everyone a lot was going on at home while all this was occurring in the Pacific.  The United States was building ships and carriers and airplanes.  “We built 19 ‘Lexingtons’ from 1940 to 1946.  That’s in addition to the battleships, tanks, and airplanes.  We were building 30,000 airplanes a month at that time,” he added.  “Who was building them?  It was Rosie the Riveters.  There were a lot of women in the workforce because many of the men were at war.”  He encouraged those who are interested in learning more about the Battle of Midway to attend the 75th Anniversary event on June 3, 2017, at the USS Lexington Museum located on North Beach.

Other FBBA News

FBBA President Jennifer Welp welcomed new members to the FBBA:

     Welp also thanked everyone who took part in the HEB/FBBA Earth Day clean-up of Waldron Road and the Flour Bluff Citizens Council Litter Critter event coordinated on the same day.  She also recognized Jonathan Vela, FBBA Events Coordinator, for his work on this year’s Flour Fest event which will be held at Parker Memorial Park on Waldron Road, October 28, 2017, from noon to 8:00 p.m.  All FBBA members and community and school organizations are encouraged to visit the FBBA website (https://www.flourbluffbusinessassociation.com/single-post/2017/05/10/Flour-Fest-Vendor-Registration-Now-Open) to see how sign up as a vendor or volunteer their services.

     The next FBBA general meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at noon at Funtrackers Raceway Cafe’.  The speaker will be the Honorable Judge Loyd Neal of Nueces County.

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Nueces County Judge Samuel Loyd Neal

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Flour Fest Part III: The Celebrities

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     Dan Thornton, lifetime Flour Bluff resident and writer of the winning Flour Bluff song entitled “A Taste of Heaven” danced with Melanie Hambrick, President of the Flour Bluff Business Association, in celebration of what is now known as the “Official Song of Flour Bluff.”  Thornton, who has written poetry and songs most of his life and sang his own song, had this to say about the designation of his song, “Pretty cool.”  Dennis Gilley, local musician performed the instrumentals.

     Flour Fest goers were also treated to local musical talent, Michael Burtts, a guitarist and singer.

     “My style is influenced by the old and new genres of music. If you can think it, I can play it,” Burtts states  on his website.  He proved this to be a true statement as he showed off his musical and vocal talents by performing popular hits from  George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Lynard Skynard, and many more rock and country artists.

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     Following Burtts was Corpus Christi blues, rock and roll band, Cathouse.  They delivered or their claim of being “reminiscent to the likings of Cream, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, and others” in the genre.  They have opened for Dick Dale, Pat Travers, Chris Duarte, Ian Moore, and Eric Gales along with Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, and Foghat.   They rocked the park for nearly two hours and drew in young and old alike.

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     Headliner, Jimmy Spacek and his band, took the stage at 4:30 p.m. and finished the event out right.  Spacek, known as the “Godfather of San Antonio Blues,” and his band know how to make the crowd break into dance, sway with the rhythm, and wish they could play rhythm and blues.  Local attorney, Jeff Rank, did just that when he was invited to jam on stage with the band.

 

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     “A big thanks to the good folks in Flour Bluff and the FBBA for inviting us out to the 1st Annual Flour Fest.  What a great time playing down on the Texas Coast!” posted Spacek on his Facebook page after the event.”

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     Vendors and Civic Groups

     Of course, the event could not have even come to be without the many vendors, volunteers, and people who attended.  The FBBA Board of Directors wants to thank everyone who came out to help, to sell their wares, to entertain, to have fun, and to be with fellow community members.  Next year will be bigger and better yet!

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Dignitaries, Candidates, Volunteers, and Festival Goers

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Flour Fest Part II: The Pastry Wars Re-Enacted

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Jaden Ralston signed up early and could not wait to take part in the contest where she took second place.

 

Murphy Givens, Corpus Christi historian and writer, relates the naming of Flour Bluff as follows:

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 Flour Bluff Business Association staged a re-enactment of the Pastry Wars in the form of pie-eating contest.  Ten adults, four teens, and ten kids took part in the contest.  Apple was the pie of the day, something the contestants may never eat again.

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These two really wanted to win!

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And the winners are…

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Jennifer Pena, Kids Division Pastry Wars Pie-Eating Contest

 

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Jeff Craft, Pastry Wars judge and owner / editor-in-chief of the Flour Bluff Messenger, looks on as Teen Division winner Taylor Zamora recovers from having pie up her nose.

 

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There wasn’t a single bite left on Salvador Quinones’s pie plate when he won the Adult Pastry War contest. Thanks to Salvador for serving as a judge for the teen competition. He is an expert at pie eating!

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.

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1st Annual Flour Fest Deemed a Success: Part I

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With the 1st Annual Flour Fest under their belts, the members of the Flour Bluff Business Association Board of Directors, have deemed the event a success!

It took all of us to pull this huge effort together, and I believe is was hugely successful,” said Melanie Hambrick, President of the FBBA.  “We have talked about the importance of getting together while the event is fresh in our minds to talk about what went as we envisioned and what we’d like to improve upon.”

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FBBA President, Melanie Hambrick, opens Flour Fest
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FB NJROTC presents the colors with CSC Bruce Chaney
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Dr. Tom Hollingsworth, FBBA Director, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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Flour Bluff Elementary students, directed by FB music teacher, Mrs. Williams, as they sing “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

 

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Greg Smith, lifetime FB resident, treated the attendees to a little bit of Flour Bluff history.

 

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Dr. Lloyd Stegemann and Taylor Zamora watch as kids take a free spin on the roulette wheel for Keep It in the Bluff t-shirts, koozies, and stress balls filled with flour. Other prizes included $25 Walmart gift cards, food coupons for Whataburger, toys from Funtrackers, video game cards, and free ride cards to the first 200 kids 8th grade and below.

 

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Coastal A’s and Rods delighted the crowds with some beautifully restored vehicles.

 

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Attendees of Flour Fest waiting for the festivities to begin!

 

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Jo Ann Barta Miller, lifetime FB resident and member of one of the first families, beats the heat as she enjoys the day’s events.
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Jonathan Vela, FBBA Director in charge of Flour Fest and special events, makes sure all is running smoothly.

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It was hot outside, but not too hot for Owen Beseda to take a few whacks at a junker to raise money for the FBFD Santa float. His dad is doing a little bragging to a fellow firefighter.
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If it had gotten too hot, these fine county firefighters were on the scene to douse the flames.  These folks make Christmas special by preparing and manning the Santa float each year, an event unique to Flour Bluff.

 

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.

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You Don’t Want to Miss Flour Fest on September 17!

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     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!

 

 

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     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).

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     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.

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Free game/ride cards for the first 200 kids!

Live music!

Coastal A’s and Rods Show!

Storytelling!

Take your frustrations out on an old car while raising money for the FBFD Santa Float!

Local vendors!

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.

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Flour Fest: A Homecoming Event for Flour Bluff Businesses

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     Come one, come all to the 1st Annual Flour Fest on September 17, 2016!  The noon to 6:00 p.m. event will be hosted by the Flour Bluff Business Association and will take place at Funtrackers on Flour Bluff Drive.  The event will serve as a way to introduce the Flour Bluff citizens to the many businesses that call the area between the Cayo del Oso and Laguna Madre home.  The event comes at the end of Flour Bluff ISD Homecoming week and promises to be a fun time for all as they take part in the festivities while seeing what the great community of Flour Bluff has to offer.

Events will include:

  • Flour Bluff business booths
  • Live music
  • Free rides to the first 200 kids
  • Prizes
  • Storytellers relating the history of Flour Bluff
  • Pastry Wars Eating Contest
  • Coastal A’s & Rods Show
  • Vendor’s booths displaying wares and services
  • Nueces County ESD#2 fire engine tour and fire safety talk for kids and adults
  • Great food from the Raceway Cafe’
  • Special performances by local school groups
  • Flour Bluff Song Contest (More information to come.)
  • All games and rides at Funtrackers Family Fun Center

     Important information:  Vendors can reserve a spot by visiting the FBBA website and clicking on the Flour Fest link.  Booth space will be free to all applying FBBA members.  Non-members may follow the same link to apply for a spot.  Everyone is encouraged to reserve a table soon to ensure a place at the event.  The FBBA will provide a table and two chairs for each vendor. All vendor tables will be located within the park.  Pop-up shade covers are recommended but must be provided by individual vendors.

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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.

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