Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z - Eye on Texas: Y

 Eye on Texas - Y - had four choices - Yancey, Yantis, Yoakum, or Yorktown Texas. With a population of 5,000, Yoakum TX is our featured city guest. The town has no connection to country singer Dwight Yoakum -   that was my initial assumption.
 Yoakum is south of Austin, east of San Antonio, and southwest of Houston.  The cattle industry, leather factories, tomato growing, and shipping has kept the town thriving since 1889. Visit the Yoakum Heritage Museum to learn more.
 The first weekend of June you can find everyone at the annual Tom Tom Festival honoring the tomato growing excitement in the region.  It was started in 1928. I wonder if there's a rotten tomato throwing contest?
Thanks to Wikipedia for old-timey pictures and information.

Oh the Dowager from Downton Abbey - what would she make of the Tom Tom Festival ?
"Principles are like prayers. Noble of course. But awkward at a party."

16 comments:

  1. Would the tomatoes be rotten?
    Or the contest?
    I may be overthinking this thing.

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  2. Love that last line.
    Just found the A-Z thing. I've been doing napowrimo which finishes tomorrow.
    See my words at:
    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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  3. Love that last line.
    Just found the A-Z thing. I've been doing napowrimo which finishes tomorrow.
    See my words at:
    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks for visiting. It's been a fun April

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  4. Well, Yoakum is one colorful place, and I've never heard of it before today. This is why I love the AtoZ.

    AtoZ Challenge Team Leader
    http://www.cleemckenziebooks.com

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    1. thanks for stopping by. It's been fun

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  5. A rotten tomato throwing contest would be fun!

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  6. I love the old picture. Surely you don't throw rotten tomatoes, you make them into chutney... or in my case, ask someone to do it for me?

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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  7. I'm sure if it was a traditional contest she would be all in favour! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com (website, Blogger will take you somewhere else!)

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  8. If it was tradition, she'd be fine with it!~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com (website, Blogger will take you somewhere else!)

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  9. Old towns in Texas always have the most interesting Festivals and Museums. I doubt if they throw rotten tomatoes, but a 'Dunking Tank' into Spaghetti Sauce would not be out of the question. Another group of interesting Texas Towns to choose from for the Letter Y.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
    Minion for AJ's wHooligans

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  10. Visiting during the letter Y day of the challenge for the first time. What a good job you have done with this blog. A good theme well presented. Really appreciate that. If you have any energy left, come and see what I've been up to...writing about the settings for a new novel, which has been fun. Congratulations on all your hard work.

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  11. That's an old town with lots of history, and tomatoes. I'd like to visit Austin (and Yoakum) some day. Thanks for the mini-tour, Joanne.

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  12. It sounds like there are plenty of yuks to be had in Yoakum! I'd be the first one called out in the tomato throwing contest. Love the Dowager's quote!

    Julie

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