November 24, 2006
Snowbirds is an appropriate name for the local
demographic who habitually flee the kiln of summer for
cooler climates, then return to San Felipe for the temperate
embrace of its autumn weather, while their points of origins
wallow under blankets of snow. The town spreads out a
Return of the Native welcome for them that includes
music, dance, a banquet and many imaginative spins on
the normal fare of entertainment.
This year the festival was held beside the Malecon and
a large crowd turned out to enjoy the celebration. Food
and beer was made available while
the crowd delighted in the fine vocal stylings of a singer
from Mexicali. A festival king and queen
were chosen by an obscure method of dog-barking, dancing
and a slip of paper taped under the winner's chair.
Breaks between enternaiment were filled by raffle draws.
Almost everyone won something. It was a nice afternoon
for our returning snowbirds.
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