The show must go on

conjunto.jpg This picture shows members of Los Fantasmas del Valle waiting to go on after Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers. Their teeshirts show a ghost playing an accordion. Before these two conjuntos were Los Texas Wranglers and Santiago Jimenez, Jr. In the photo can be seen the puddles from one of the passing downpours. The only concession to the winds, rains, thunder, and lightning was that there was a brief pause between the Wranglers and Santiago Jimenez while one of the worst storms went over.

Whenever there was a letup people would go out from the canopy to buy fajitas, tacos, popcorn, fruit cups, or other refreshments. Funnel cakes were selling the best. At the beer tent, business was practically nil. Mighty Thomas, which winters in Austin, had set up the rides, which were mostly new, but running only in the brief waterless interludes. The guy running the fun slide said he might as well have called it a water slide.

The conjunto fest celebrated its tenth year this time around. Before becoming affiliated with the cinco de mayo fund-raiser of the Greater East Austin Youth League, the conjunto festival used to be held in the heat of July, starting out under the trees at Parque Zaragoza. This event is always so friendly that there’s never a need to ask to have your belongings watched when you step out for a stroll. People just keep an eye on everything anyhow.

There were supposed to be photo opportunities for kids with Spongebob Squarepants, but I suppose he didn’t want to ruin his costume in the rain and mud. Besides, astonishingly, most small children slept right through the worst of every deluge, and noise was pretty loud under the new canopy that now covers the dancefloor and stage over at Fiesta Gardens.

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