Posted by: emjb | August 5, 2007

Adventure beckons

On Friday, our family trio will take its first road trip together, to the magnificent mecca of Big Spring, Texas. My nephew, who only yesterday was a solemn child in short pants and glasses too big for his baby face, is getting married. Married young, but that doesn’t make me feel any less old.

Her family is from the Big Spring greater metropolitan area, so to speak, and so get to have the wedding on their home turf. It will be a Baptist affair (the nephew’s daddy/my brother is a preacher, nephew himself aspires to Christian motivational speaking), so no booze. If they’re hard-core, no dancing either. I have never been entirely sure if the Baptist dancing ban extends to Chicken Dances or the Bunny Hop, so I guess we’ll get to find that out.

Well and good. But we get into town Friday night, and the wedding doesn’t happen until Saturday evening. In the meantime, what to do in Big Spring?

Well, the World Hang Gliding Championships are what to do, apparently. But watching hang-gliding isn’t something that really gets me going. So..what else?

Aha! The Big Spring Flight Festival!

Aww, who cares about a bunch of airplane-related festivities? Who cares about something that advertises:

Enjoy a variety of vendors ranging from food and games to information and crafts. View Classic Cars, Motorcycles and Model Airplanes. Hangar 25 will be silling changes for a grill [I think this translates: selling chances for a grill. But I’m not sure.] Get a Certificate to Adopt a Prarie Dog.

Oh no, my friend: the BSFF is so, so much more. Behold this breathtaking itinerary:

9:00 a.m. – Big Spring’s Got Talent Preliminaries

10:30 Dog and Master Look Alike Contest

12:00 noon Big Spring’s Got Talent Finals

1:00 p.m. Peanut Spitting Contest

2:00 p.m. Bug Race

3:00 p.m. Horseshoes

4:00 p.m. Big Spring Ugliest Dog Contest

5:00 p.m. Pepper Eating Contest

6:00 p.m. Winning Announcment of the New Hangar 25 Flag Design.

Bug races? Ugliest dog contest? Peanut-spitting contest? Never saw that in New York, I tell you what. Or, um, anywhere.

Now Matt has the advantage of being less-citified than myself, and so has his own angle on things. He maintains that most bug races use “some kind of beetle.” Also, while not a fool enough to enter the Pepper-Eating contest, he might think about the Peanut-Spitting contest.

Guess our Saturday’s all sewn up. If he really enters, I promise you all: PICTURES.

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