If you were looking for something lively to do on Sunday and didn’t go to Fun Fun Fun Fest’s 2nd Annual Aqua Olympics at Fiesta Gardens, you didn’t look hard enough.
After the second installment of its summer Sunday free-for-all, FFF’s record of providing Austin with buzz-worthy events remains untarnished. The half-pipe was packed with skaters all day, a steady stream of BMX riders made the lake-launch ramp a fan favorite, and an array of water competitions kept the grandstands full of spectators.
The free beer ran out considerably early (two hours after the doors opened), but — whether it was allowed or not — that didn’t stop patrons of legal drinking age from bringing in their own beer after the Heineken Light was gone.
What was most surprising to me was the fact that the FFF folks provided such a family-oriented event. Everywhere I looked, there was a kid running around playing or pouting that he was being forced to leave the grounds because it was way past bedtime.
A true crowd pleaser, the FFF Taco Cannon was a favorite for spectators of all ages. After the competitions were complete, patrons were battered with supreme taco goodness (wrapped tight in several layers of packaging), T-shirts and even a three-day pass to this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest for one lucky recipient.
Trust me, that cannon is no joke. When attending this year’s festival or any other upcoming FFF events, keep your head on swivel when the taco cannon is in use. I, unluckily, took a speeding taco to the dome while attempting to catch a t-shirt.
Orthy, part of this year's FFF lineup, played a closing set to an obviously exhausted crowd, while tacos were scarfed down and folks eventually cleared the grounds of Fiesta Gardens. That was, of course, after Mike Martinez and the Austin Facial Hair Club defeated Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the Texas Rollergirls in the city's biggest Tug o' War.
A chorus of “I can’t wait for November” was audible among the Eastside crowd, and we agree. We can’t wait for the real shenanigans of Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.