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APRIL 10 - 12, 2015

Pearland Parks & Recreation Grounds
4141 Bailey Rd.
Pearland, TX 77584.
Pearland ISD Education Foundation, Pearland Parks Foundation,
Pearland Arts Organizations & The Houston Blues Society
The festival will be back serving even more hot, fresh crawfish at a great price, along with the best of Cajun dishes and classic festival fare, only this year in a new home. The festival has moved to the grounds adjacent the Pearland Parks & Recreation Center at 4141 Bailey Rd. With the move comes the chance to bring out more: more food - including more Cajun food, more vendors, more activities, more carnival rides, and more fun! Specialty entertainment like the popular Splash Dogs will be back and bigger than before, with new Iguana Races and more added to the armadillo races, contests, and more.
Crawfish: The festival features the best farm-raised crawfish the Gulf Coast has to offer at a great price. The crawfish is being handled by Swamp Shack Catering - world-class, professional boilers who learned the art deep in the bayous of Louisiana. They have supplied crawfish and catered events, festivals, and high profile parties along the Gulf Coast. This will insure that the signature feature of the festival - great crawfish - is served fast and hot, spiced just right, and professionally handled in high volume. Last year on Saturday we made a decision cut back on Crawfish and servers because of an 80% chance of rain “It was a mistake!” that we won’t make again
Carnival: This year will see more, bigger, and better amusement rides and games with rides to thrill the adults and the little ones, too.
The Houston Blues Society Stage: The Houston Blues Society is dedicated to the study, research and preservation of the blues culture and music unique to Houston, Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast. They will provide a stage showcasing this iconic music of overcoming struggle that has deep traditions joining Texas and Louisiana. This year they’ll bring even more and bigger acts.
The Bayou Stage - The Cajun culture evokes a love of fun, good-time music. In Texas, Zydeco from Louisiana is joined by Texas Country and Classic Rock for the soundtrack of a great time.
Specialty Entertainment: This year Iguana Races and other new specialty acts join the popular Armadillo Races, Splash Dogs, Crawfish and Funnel Cake Eating Contests. A special Crawfish Eating "heat" between Pearland's police and fire departments will allow patrons to cheer on their heroes.
Festival Vendors: The festival will feature rows of vendors with the best of arts, crafts, gifts and more from Pearland, the Greater Houston-Gulf Coast Area and around the country.
Children's Area: will provide all patrons need to keep their kids busy and having fun during the event.
Above all, this festival is all about the food- in addition to great crawfish there is a lot more to offer... Alligator * Blackened Grouper * Boudin * Louisiana Lobster * Puff Lobster Sliders * Boudin Balls * Catfish Sandwich * Cajun Seafood * Cajun Sausage * Chicken & Waffles * Crab Cakes * Jambalaya * Jambalaya Pot Stickers * Gumbo * Grilled Oysters * Shrimp Creole * Shrimp Po-Boy * Sweet Potato Beigneits * Flavored - Cracklin * Crawfish Etoufee * Fried Onion Petals * Fried Pies & Fried Sweets * Gumbo Fries *Shaved Ice * Shaved Beef Sandwich * Fajitas * Chicken Sliders * Burritos* Turkey Legs * Tacos * Sweet Roasted Corn * Spiral Potato Chips * Smoothies * Roasted Nuts* Sausage on a Stick * Pulled Pork Sandwich * Funnel Cakes * Ice Cream * and so much more...
About Pearland
Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to sponsor the Pearland Crawfish Festival.  The third annual event promises to once again draw thousands of visitors to Pearland.  Festival-goers can stay in one of the eleven Pearland hotels and enjoy the amenities of city.  During the Pearland Crawfish Festival weekend of April 10-12, many of the Pearland hotels will offer special packages.  Visitors can indulge in 140+ international restaurants, plenty of shopping options, and 175 acres of beautiful park land and miles of walking, hiking, jogging and bike trails in Pearland. for details.
The bugs will be boiling and a "bon temp" will be had by all with the return of the Pearland Crawfish Festival, April 10 - 12. The Pearland Crawfish Festival takes the friendly, relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and serves it up big.
Admission: Advance Online: $6 Adults, $16 3-Day Pass | At the Door: $8 Adults, $21 3-Day Pass | Children 12 & Under & Military in uniform FREE
Media and Sponsor Contact:
Bob Fuldauer
General Information:
Michael R. Martin
Bayou Stage - Booking
James Perkins
Blues Stage - Booking
Patrick Harrington


This afternoon Steven Crocker (one of our volunteers) was checking out what the neighbor's dog was 
barking at. It was a very LARGE SNAKE.  We took pictures and I sent them to Clint the Snake Man. Here is his response:

This is a nonvenomous Texas rat snake.


Clint "The Snake Man" Pustejovsky

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 This is a nonvenomous Texas rat snake. 


Home of the Brazos Bend 100.. We have the 100 Miler, 50 miler, 100 mile Relay we will also have a 26.2 Marathon and 13.1 Half marathon as well.

Great race with great awards, sponsors and will be covered live with
as well. 3 different buckles for the 100 milers, medals for all other distances.

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Texas Windmill on the Texas Salt Grass Prairie - HWW!!!
WINDMILLS. Before the introduction of windmills to Texas, inhabitable land was confined to areas where a constant water supply was available. There was no way for vast areas to be settled without a life-giving supply of water. The coming of the windmill made it possible to pump water from beneath the ground, and soon whole new areas of the state were opened up to settlers. The first windmills in Texas were of the European style, built by Dutch and German immigrants for grinding meal and powering light industry. What Texans needed most, however, was a windmill that pumped water. Because of its bulk and need for constant attention, the European windmill was impractical for this purpose. The solution to this problem came in 1854, when Daniel Halladay (Hallady or Halliday) built the first American windmill in Ellington, Connecticut. He added to his mill a vane, or "tail," as it was called by Texas cowhands, that functioned to direct the wheel into the wind. The wheel was a circle of wood slats radiating from a horizontal shaft and set at angles to the wind, designed so that centrifugal force would slow it in high winds; thus, the machine was self-regulating and operated unattended. Its simple direct-stroke energy converter consisted of only a shaft and a small fly wheel to which the sucker rod was pinned. This compact mechanism was mounted on a four-legged wood tower that could be constructed over a well in one day. Railroad companies immediately recognized windmills as an inexpensive means of providing water for steam engines and for attracting settlers to semi-arid regions through which they planned to lay track. In 1860 the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway purchased the right to manufacture and use James Mitchell's "Wind Wheel" on its right-of-way from Houston to Wharton. By 1873 the windmill had become an important supplier of water for railways, small towns where there were no public water systems, and small farms. Many of the very early mills were crude, inefficient, homemade contraptions. One of the popular makeshift mills was a wagon wheel with slats nailed around it to catch the wind, mounted on half an axle. The axle was fastened securely to a post erected beside the well. A sucker rod was pinned to the edge of the hub. It was stationary and worked only when the wind blew in the right direction. The windmills used later on the big ranches were the more dependable factory-made windmills. By 1900 windmills were a common sight in Texas. Inhabitable land was no longer limited to regions with a natural water supply. The windmill made the most remote areas habitable. The last major development in the windmill came in 1915. A housing that needed to be filled with oil only once a year was built around the mill's gears. This relieved the range rider of his biweekly greasing chores and somewhat diminished the windmiller's job. Because of the dependability of this improved windmill, worries over water shortages were eased for the rancher, farmer, and rural dweller. This mill was the prime supplier of water in rural Texas until 1930, when electric and gasoline pumps began to be widely used. Though Texas became the largest user of windmills in the United States, there were never more than three active manufacturers of windmills in Texas at one time. Only two Texas manufacturers, the Axtell Company in Fort Worth and the San Antonio Machine and Supply Company, produced windmills on a large scale. The last water-pumping windmill patented in the United States, however, was invented by a native Texan, W. W. Welborn, in 1951, in the small southwestern town of Carrizo Springs. The King Ranch in the late 1960s kept 262 mills running continuously and 100 complete spares in stock. The XIT Ranch in the Texas Panhandle at one time had 335 functioning windmills. Stocking spare mills is a common practice among ranchers who depend on the windmill to supply water for cattle in remote pastures. Because the windmill has been confined for the most part to remote areas, it has become a symbol of a lonely and primitive life, fitting for the pioneer Texans it first served. Aermotor Windmill has a very interesting 118 year business history. However, one simple truth stands undiminished by time or geography. Aermotor Windmill has continuously manufactured windmills since 1888 and is the only windmill manufacturer in the USA. In 1986 Aermotor was purchased by an investor group and moved to San Angelo, Texas. The name was changed to Aermotor Windmill Corporation. See: and



I have admired Angela Orlando's photography ever since I saw some of  her pictures on Flickr.  Her photo's and writings will be on our blog.  We welcome Angela. Look at her flicker account

Four-O'Clock, Marvel of Peru, Mirabilis Jalapa

Dr. William C. Welch, Landscape Horticulturist
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Four-O'Clock, Marvel of Peru, Mirabilis Jalapa
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Zones: 7-10
Felder Rushing, coauthor of Passalong Plants, says that four-o-clocks are a "can't fail perennial." Gardeners in colder climates utilize them as annuals, but in most of the South they develop fleshy tubers that seem to last forever. Hortus Third says that these tubers can weigh as much as 40 pounds in warm climates.
Dr. Alice Le Duc, now at Duke University, did her doctoral thesis on four-o'clocks and found that they were cultivated and selected for various colors by the Aztecs many years prior to the Spanish Conquest. They were sent to Spain from Mexico in the 1500's and to England within 75 years. The plant had been in cultivation in Europe for about 200 years before Linnaeus first described the species in 1753. The specimens he described were those of cultivated plants. Although often found in Mexico and the South on old garden sites, this species is no longer found in the wild in Mexico.
Four-o'clocks are lush and bushy to three feet. the tubular flowers bloom in irridescent purple, white, red, yellow and striped. Their name derives from the fact that their flowers open in the late afternoon and stay open until the next morning, except on cloudy days when they open earlier. The fragrance of four-o'clocks is appealing, and is a major reason for their popularity. They also attract hummingbirds and moths to the garden.
Four-o'clocks are very heat and drought tolerant. They flower well in the sun or fairly dense shade. I remember visiting a cemetery on a ranch near Yoakum, Texas, where four-0'clocks were the only reminder of a once well-tended plot. They had escaped the small fenced area under a great live oak tree and were happily flowering in profusion during the hottest time of our summer.
Thomas Jefferson grew what he referred to as the "fragrant Marvel of Peru" at Monticello, where he also cultivated M. longiflora, a creamy-white flowering species native to West Texas and Mexico. A few years ago, while working with Peggy Cornett, Director of the Historic Plant Collection at Monticello, we were able to provide seeds of this plant to Monticello. It is once again growing there and is available through their mail order catalog.
Four-o'clocks may be easily started from seed or tubers. In colder parts of the country the tubers may be dug in the fall and stored until spring. They tend to produce a great deal of seed and can become pests, although the young seedlings are easily pulled or hoed. One year, I planted a number of magenta colored four-o'clocks at our farm and they had reseeded prolifically by early fall, covering an area about 6' x 20.' It was an unusually dry year and the young plants received no irrigation. They were wilted and stunted until the first good fall rain when they miraculously freshened and covered themselves with flowers in just a few days. They were as showy as azaleas for that period, and I had a new appreciation for their old name "Marvel of Peru."

JUN 15, 2014 | Bristol, Tenn. Finals Run for Wilkerson Heats Up Bristol

It is great to see my friend get to the final at Bristol, TN
It wasn't a perfect weekend for Tim Wilkerson, but it was good enough to propel the Ford Funny Car driver prominently back into the fight for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Championship.

After posting career best numbers during Friday qualifying for the 14th annual Ford Thunder Valley Nationals (4.013 seconds at 317.72 miles per hour), Wilkerson showed off his hot weather tuning skills Sunday before his Levi, Ray and Shoup Mustang dropped a couple of cylinders and fell back in a final round loss to the Dodge of Tommy Johnson Jr.

It was the versatile 53-year-old's first final round appearance in more than a year and it put him back in the Top 10 in Mello Yello Series points at a time when jostling for positions in the NHRA's Countdown to the Champion has begun to intensify. Wilkerson, who started the day 11th, moved up to ninth and within three racing rounds (60 points) of fifth.

"We were fighting some ignition issues a little bit all day," acknowledged the 17-time tour winner.  "We started it up a couple of times (leading up to the final round) and finally just ran out of time.  We saw something when we got up there and made an adjustment, but it still went out and dropped not one, but two cylinders at once on the left side.

"The car will make a move when you drop a hole (like that)," he said, "but dropping two practically makes it take a left turn and it was either lift - or hit the wall."

Despite the improved results, Wilkerson couldn't hide his disappointment after losing in the final round for the second time in the last five years at Thunder Valley and, in the process, failing to bring to an end a winless streak that now has reached 67 races.  The owner, crew chief and driver of the L-R-S Mustang last won at tour event on August 7, 2011 at Seattle, Wash





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