Maytime is fiesta time

carnie1.jpgI’m taking a brief break from the program of conjunto music at Fiesta Gardens today, for which the weather has been perfect: a little shade, a little sun, a few light raindrops. We’ve now made our adjustment to summer weather. Sometimes the conjunto festival falls on a graduation day, sometimes on Mother’s Day. This year, it’s on one of the last chances for early voting in the May election (only two days are left after today).

Mighty Thomas was doing quite a business on the merry-go-round. The four bungee-jump stations were almost always busy. Test your strength and the rock-climing wall weren’t as well placed as usual, so the bungee station was taking some of the business that’s usually theirs. The Ferris wheel is tall enough to provide quite a view. The funhouse by the rides for the tiny kids has a hand-painted clown theme; the one the older kids were using is straight out of the Arabian Nights, with a belly-dancer mannequin on the balcony. I think this attraction was playing a musical theme from a Bollywood movie.carnie2.jpg

There’s no doubt that the favorite freebies were the plastic maracas being handed out by radio station Norteno 1490-AM. Even people from other booths were stopping by for those. Los Texas Wranglers played two of everybody’s favorite, favorite songs: Viva Seguin and Coco Rayado. Now that Univision has been sponsoring a very large Cinco de Mayo event out at the livestock grounds, the real Austin event is less conspicuous, it seems, but it still has that friendly, small-town feeling, and we always see people there that we know. Here’s the rest of the schedule, with out-of-town favorites Ruben Vela (whose hit El Coco Rayado is) and Santiago Jimenez, Jr., plus our local heroes Manuel “Cowboy” Donley and Johnny Degollado.

Popular treats were churros, tripas, elotes, and the ubiquitous turkey legs. One of these pictures is of a handmade sign for measuring whether a child is tall enough for some rides; the other is a prop at one of the several photo booths, with cut-outs for the subjects’ faces. The backdrop employed at another photo booth was a hand-painted village street in Mexico, with or without a very large plush lion as an addition.

2 Comments so far

  1. stalker mods (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    who made photos for this article?

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    The author of the entry.

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