Coolidge does Mesquite Tree Festival right

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Coolidge showed how much fun the people of a small Texas town can have this past weekend, with its annual Mesquite Tree Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12.
The fun began Friday with the fish fry at the Community Center. The fish, french fries and hush puppies were cooked in deep fryers outside in back of the building and served as soon as they were removed from the cooking pots. Cold homemade cole slaw and iced tea rounded out the dinner.
One of the Festival organizers, Kristina Allcorn, said the turnout was good, with all the food being sold.
“We sold out of almost everything Friday night,” she said. “We had four boxes of fish and sold it all.”
Bingo followed the fish fry, with attendees being served popcorn and iced tea as they played, and a variety of prizes were claimed.
The next morning, vendors set up tents and tables on the grassy lawn downtown and began preparing their offerings.
Soon the Little Mr. and Miss Mesquite Pageant started, with a bunch of Coolidge’s cutest kids showing off their good looks, charm and talents, from singing to puppeteering, to dancing to running really fast.

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