Fun Tidbits and Facts

July Newsletter: Water Carnival History

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Fort Stockton’s Water Carnival is back after 2018’s cancellation because of necessary repairs. This year’s theme is “The Crystal of Comanche Springs” written and directed by Genna Young, Reba Subia and Taryn Johnson. The date is July 18-20.


The early days of the event was the brain child of the Fort Stockton Lions Club in the late 1930s as an effort to bring recognition and tourists to the area. A huge celebration was planned by a large committee with the goal of an event so famous that Fort Stockton would become a resort town.


Events included band concerts, golf tournaments, horse racing, a beauty review, swimming, diving, rodeo, and dances. Over the years several celebrities have been included in the event. Local, district, and state candidates were invited to speak. Attorney General Price Daniel and Senator H. L. Winfield crowned the beauty queens in 1949. Movie star Chill Wills crowned Miss Fort Stockton in 1955, and John Ben Sheppard did the honors in 1957. The United States Navy flew two Naval officers to Fort Stockton to serve as judges for the Bathing Review. Country recording star Johnny Rodriguez crowned Miss Fort Stockton in 197

2018 is not the only year the event was cancelled. The show ceased during WWII for 4 years, and again in 1951-53 because of low water levels.

Fort Stockton is proud of its Water Carnival, one of it’s longest standing traditions.

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May Newsletter Fun Tidbits and Facts

Things Heard at Meeting

“Don’t bring your parents to writer’s group!”

“She was kind of over the top.”

“Send Cookies!”

“That was dumb of me to say it.”

“There’s kissing, and then there’s kissing.”


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May Newsletter: Fun May Facts

Fun May Facts

Submitted by Glenda Bonham

The month May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.

In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.

In Hawaii, May 1 is celebrated as Lei Day. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and nuts. Nowadays, they are given as a symbol of greeting, farewell, affection, celebration, or honor, in the spirit of aloha. Lei Day originated in 1927, when poet Don Blanding proposed a holiday to recognize the lei’s role in Hawaiian culture.

May’s full Moon, the Full Flower Moon, occurs on the 29th, at 10:20 A.M. (EDT). It’s the time flowers tend to spring up and blos- som. Some Native American tribes called it the “Corn Moon”, for they believed it to be the best time to plant corn.

May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”.

May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.

Be sure to keep your floors dusty, your sheets dirty, and stay single this month. Superstition says that you shouldn’t buy a broom or wash a blanket in May. Why? Because, “Brooms bought in May sweep the family away.”

I’m pretty sure all these superstitions only started because it’s so much easier to rhyme words with May than any other month. It’s probably why there isn’t a saying like, “Marry me in January, and I’ll be your huckleberry.”

Ugh. That was awful. I’m sorry.