News and Views from Dave Wilson

Small Town, Big Community

by on Apr.17, 2011, under Miscellaneous, Photography

One of the wonderful things about living in a rural area, and one thing that I missed when living in the city, is great community spirit. Our local town, Dripping Springs, celebrated its annual Founders’ Day this weekend and you won’t find a better example of community spirit than this event. The fun starts on Friday evening with a parade in which half the town kids ride on floats sponsored by local businesses and organisation, and the other half catch the mountain of candy that is thrown from those floats. The carnival is in town and the parade route goes right through the middle of it, adding to the fun. On Saturday and Sunday, the center of the town is filled with booths set up by local artists, craftspeople and businesses and 100s (literally) of barbecue aficionados – teams from all over the state – determined to win an award for best fajitas, brisket, chicken or a host of other smoked staples. All of this is, obviously, a lot of fun and I’m sure the booth vendors do well at the event but the thing that really sets this apart from the many, many city art shows I’ve attended is the fact that everyone is so incredibly sociable and talkative.

Being a “home town” event, I recognise a fair number of friends and neighbours there but, regardless of whether I’ve met anyone before, everyone is sociable and most are keen on conversation as much as selling their wares or winning the barbecue competition. The atmosphere is wonderful.

As I headed to the car after my first experience of a Founders’ Day 5 years ago, I remember hearing something over the public address that said a great deal about the event. It’s odd but those three words said more about the event than I could manage in this whole post. They were “9th Place Brisket.”

You can see more of my favourite images from the event over on SmugMug.

Drew and a couple of his Pack 101 buddies on the parade float.

Sousaphones from Dripping Springs High School Band

A fairy on a parade float

The driver of one of the vintage trucks in the parade.

Cheerleaders from the High School get ready for the parade.

The littlest cowboy in the parade.

Some bigger cowboys ride through the carnival near the start of the parade.

Onlookers cheer for one of the parade floats.

Members of one of the barbecue teams offering samples of their cooking.

Lone Star BBQ and Chili Team - Smoking since 1979.

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