Flour Fest Part II: The Pastry Wars Re-Enacted

Business, Flour Bluff
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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!
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What Training a Horse Is Really About

By Kids for Kids, Flour Bluff, Front Page, Personal History

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     When I lost my horse Daisy a few months ago, I was devastated.  I loved her dearly.  Plus, she was my friend, and we needed each other.  Daisy came to me fully trained and very ridable, but she began to lose her eyesight, a forerunner of what would eventually take her life.  As she slowly lost her vision, I had to re-train her so that she would rely more on sound and touch than sight.  I had no idea what this was doing for me as a trainer.  I learned so much of what I now need to know to train my little filly, BB, an orphan who probably shouldn’t have made it from the very start.  Though both of these beautiful animals learned a lot from me, my mom, and everyone else who helped with their training, in the end they have taught me so much.

     I have learned to appreciate the small things.  When Daisy would cock her ears and make a move to avoid hitting a tree, I was so happy!  With BB, I smile each time she listens and remembers to turn left or right or simply stop.  I don’t think about what a great riding horse she will become; I just enjoy the little lessons she is learning right now.

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     I have learned to have patience.  With a blind horse and with a young horse, the lessons are not learned easily.  Day after day we go through the same routines until the lesson is learned.  I really believe that good things come to those who wait.  Only when we look back do we understand how far we’ve come.

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     I have learned that trust is a very important part of teaching and learning.  I need to know that they won’t pitch me or bolt, and they need to know that I won’t do anything that will hurt them or make them fearful.  Trust is built through kindness, consistency, and nurturing.

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     I have learned to have hope.  When I found out Daisy was blind, I couldn’t believe it.  Some people told us put her down.  Others shook their heads.  A few, like my mom, said that she could be re-trained.  Mom was right.  With BB, her mother’s death could have easily been her death, but so many people stepped in to take turns tending to her and making sure she had what she needed physically and emotionally.  Hand-raising a horse is not easy, but it helps you see that God works miracles through people – all the time.

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     The greatest of these is love.  The bond based on trust, patience, appreciation, and hope between a human and a horse can result in nothing except love.  I miss Daisy every day, but her memory lives on in BB as I use what Daisy taught me to train my little orphaned filly.  God gave us horses to help us be better people.

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About the Author:  Taylor Zamora is an 8th-grade student at Flour Bluff Junior High.  She loves animals of all kinds, especially horses.

 

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Ready, Aim, Fire!

By Kids for Kids, Corpus Christi, Education, Flour Bluff, Front Page, Outdoors, Sports

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     On May 6, 2016, our Nueces County 4-H Trap and Skeet Club held their annual competition at Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club, home to the Nueces County group. Over 270 youth competed in skeet, trap, whiz bang, and sporting clays, a record number of young gun enthusiasts for this event.  My brother, Lane Zamora, and his friend, Kaden Strey, participated in this year’s event and had a great time!

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     They are learning how to shoot skeet and trap, skills that make for more accurate shooting while hunting game.  They also learn more than that.  The 4-H Trap and Skeet Clubs primarily focus on gun safety for kids.  The participants take the Project ChildSafe Pledge, which reads:

     I Hereby Promise:
  • I will not handle guns without permission from a grown-up that I know.
  • I will never play with guns.
  • I will not go snooping or allow my friends to go snooping for guns in the house.
  • If I find a gun, even if it looks like a toy, I will not touch it; I will tell a grown-up I know right away.
  • I will obey the rules of safe gun handling.

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     The club also helps them be more disciplined and practice the self-control required for responsible firearms use, which helps them in their everyday lives, too.   They learn the safe and ethical use of firearms and understand that knowing how to handle a gun will prevent gun accidents.  For my brother, it is something that he and my dad enjoy doing together. What he learns about shooting a gun he also uses to shoot a bow.  Even I sometimes go along with them and take part in the hunt, something my mom won’t do even though she always goes to the 4-H shooting practices and competitions.  Our family knows the importance of being responsible gun owners.

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Taylor Zamora is a 7th-grade honors student at Flour Bluff Junior High.  She enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horse, playing sports, playing her clarinet, and hanging out with her friends.

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