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Monday, May 18, 2009

May Merriment at the Fulton Mansion

Every year, the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site hosts a May Fest event to celebrate May Day. A celebration of spring, May Day's origins aren't entirely known, but it is believed to have started as a Germanic or Celtic celebration. A resurgence of May Day occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s as part of the labor movement. In May 1886, large labor unions worked to establish the eight-hour work day. Since then, the holiday became synonymous with International Workers Day. The celebration is probably best known for dancing the Maypole, crowning the Queen of May and the making and giving of May Day baskets.

This year's event was full of traditional May Day activities, plus much more. Locals and tourists came out to enjoy maypole dancing, lawn croquet and pie eating contests. The young and old shook tambourines to the period beat of the Celtaires, negotiated the mansion's circle drive on pony carts and decorated Victorian-inspired hats. Missed the festivities? Mark your calendar for next year!

Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The historic site is located in the Texas Tropical Trail Region.

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