Fling flongers

From right, Ann Lerma, of Port Lavaca, Kim Hollister, of Port Lavaca, Jaime Schneider, of Cuero, and Amanda Yrios, of Lorena, celebrating after competing in the Flip Flop Flinging contest Saturday during the 2019 Flip Flop Festival at Bay Front Peninsula Park. Hollister took first place and Lerma placed second. (Jared Van Epps/Wave photo)

Despite losing its headliner twice, Flip Flop turns out another successful festival

Flip Flop Festival returned to Bay Front Peninsula Park for 2019 last weekend with new additions.

This year the Redfish Elite Series hosted their fishing tournament, and many participated in the tourney beginning on Friday.

Jordan Gonzales, of Pleasanton, participated in the tournament, and he said joining tournament it is something that he enjoyed.

“It’s my break away from work, but at the same time I stay competitive,” Gonzales said. “And there is no better place than Port Lavaca.”

Gonzales said this wasn’t his first time to visit the Port Lavaca area. He said his family has gone down to the Aransas Pass area many times and added that Port Lavaca and Port O’Connor are the places that he loves.

The Elite Redfish Series had a film crew on location for their show on the Discovery Channel, and it will air sometime this fall.

The flip-flop flinging contest returned again this year, with Kim Hollister taking home first place and Ann Lerma placing second. Both contestants are from Port Lavaca.

Lerma was the oldest contestant at the age of 77, and she had a good time competing.

“Well I thought I was the only contestant, but I talked some new friends into participating,” Lerma said. “And one of them beat me by four feet,” she added.

One of the things that Lerma was looking forward to this year was the headliner, the Romantics, and she said she wanted to dance to their music.

Flip Flop closed out 2019 festivities with the Romantics and other bands; including Men Without Hats, Carrie Marie, PopRocks ATX, and Fastballs.