Remembering yesterday at Yesteryear Festival



Charlotte Ramsey gives lessons in clay making to Carley Villareal and Isaiah Villareal. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte Ramsey gives lessons in clay making to Carley Villareal and Isaiah Villareal. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

On Saturday, July 21, the grounds of the Longhorn Museum in Pleasanton were packed with visitors from throughout South Texas, for the Yesteryear Festival. The event is sponsored by the Longhorn Museum Society.

A crowd favorite, the annual festival features a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Festival attendees were reminded of a more simpler time as they learned about lost arts.

Outside the grounds Carley and Isaiah Villareal learned about creating Indian clay art with Charlotte Ramsey. Later, they watched Barbara Westbrook grind corn, before taking their turn.

Some of the volunteers included Gloria Jenks, who handed out refreshments outside and Christelle Troell and Sue Samsel who prepared sno-cones for guests to cool off. Also assisting was 12-year-old Nate Royal who stayed busy making popcorn. Volunteer Joe Esparza enjoyed visiting with classmate Mayor Travis Hall and his wife, Linda Hall. Volunteer Charlsie Harris assisted children in a game of fishing for candy. Eight-year old Dabanie Contreras observed as Marie Levy washed clothes. Thelma Cardwell Cale demonstrated how to make handkerchief dolls.

Two-year-old Ellie Woodard goes fishing for candy.

Two-year-old Ellie Woodard goes fishing for candy.

The crowd also enjoyed the beautiful costumes of Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano.

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