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Port Lavaca's flip flop celebration offers fun, relaxation

By JR Ortega
Sept. 4, 2010 at 4:04 a.m.

Richard Myers wore a pair of flip flops he made from cowboy boots to the Flip Flop Festival. "They told me I couldn't come out here if I didn't own flip flops," he said.

OTHER EVENTS AT THE FLIP FLOP FESTIVALHorseshoe and washer tournament

Chili cook-off judging and awards

Victoria Crossroad Country Cloggers

The Dance Company performance

Fling-Flong contest

Frozen T-shirt contest

PORT LAVACA - How do you like your flip flops?

Do sequins or fluffed up pieces of cloth suit your taste?

Or maybe Richard Meyer's standout, boot-flip-flop creation at the second annual Flip Flop Festival in Port Lavaca is more your fashion statement.

People from across the Crossroads walked the Bayfront Peninsula, enjoying food and arts and crafts shopping at the festival Saturday.

"They told me I couldn't come out here if I didn't own flip flops," Meyer said laughing.

Meyer carved out old cowboy boots to create the pegged boot-flip flop.

"It took about five minutes," he said.

The festival idea is a brainchild of the Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce, said Tina Crow, marketing and tourism director.

The festival focuses on the city's boots and flip flops branding logo, she said.

"We've got a lot of people already here," said Crow, an hour into the event's opening.

More people were expected Saturday night for the concert by Jack Motley, an acoustic folk artist of Edna, and Adan Davila, a Texas soft-rock artist.

Meanwhile, Stacy Cantu, of Oklahoma, brought her custom-made flip flops to see how well they would sell, she said.

In just the first couple of hours, Cantu had received custom order requests, she said.

"We really like going to different craft fairs," said Cantu, who was selling with her sister. "I think this one being on the water and being called the Flip Flop Festival was a big draw."

Cantu and her sister are originally from Victoria and think the event is a good idea for the area, she said.

"I think it could turn into a huge event," she said. "There's not really too many of these things that go on around here."

On one corner of the peninsula, competitors played horseshoes and washers and on the other, kids jumped around in a moon jump.

Delia Gutierrez was already in her flip flops and heard about the festival and decided to head out, she said.

Gutierrez was not sure if she would purchase any, but there was a strong possibility.

"They've got a lot of flip flops," the Tivoli resident said laughing.

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