I love to show you how women of a certain age in the real
world are dressing for special events.
This past week I was honored to attend an annual luncheon
hosted by the Battle of Flowers Association
These are the women some of my readers have met here before, who stage the third largest
parade in the nation, and the only parade completely run by women.  It is held during our annual FIESTA celebration.
Their mission statement reads, “The object of the Battle of
Flowers Association shall be educational and patriotic…designed to teach the
history of our state and to keep alive the patriotic traditions of Texas and
San Antonio.”
Prior to Fiesta every year, the association holds an oratory
contest for college students and an essay contest for seventh grade students.  This year the theme is Landmarks and Legacies of Native Americans in Texas.  This year’s
luncheon and oratory contest did not disappoint….not only did I sample new
foods, I also learned some new facts from Texas History.
Held at the WITTE MUSEUM, the 89th Annual Battle of Flowers Association’s Oratorical Contest luncheon was catered by SA FRESH CATERING, with an historical Native American touch. 
The menu read:
Harvest Squash,
Hominy, & Corn Stew with Fry Bread Points
Nahautl Salad with
Radish, Tequila, Lemon, Cilantro & Queso Fresco
Chile Pequin Marinated
White Tail Anticuchos
Mesquite Bean &
Prickly Pear Tartlet

Everything was excellent. 
After lunch, we listened to the top five finalists speak and they were
very impressive.  It is necessary for
authenticity sake for the judging panel to include historians and Texas History
educators.  The winner walks away with
$3000…speaks at the Battle of Flowers Fiesta Luncheon and rides in the parade
with their faculty sponsor!
The winning speech was given by Baylor University student,
Taylor Dodson, and her topic was Waco Village: The Truth through Myth.

 I particularly enjoyed the young lady from my
alma mater, The University of Texas in Austin. 
Her name is Carson Campbell and she spoke about the historical
significance of Barton Springs and the tribe which lived and swam there first! 
The audience was composed of fabulous women, educators, sponsors, students, Native American
citizens, and past presidents of the Battle of Flowers Association…I
particularly noticed them for their poise and pleasure in the event.

And of course, there were some very stylish looks!!
Now, this luncheon is over…all of these ladies have a ton of work to do to get ready for an amazing parade!!
Happy Weekend, all!!

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