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Putting on the glitz: Trailers fill square for third event

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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MADE FOR SHADE – Mary Sides added an awning to her 1976 Serro Scotty for this year’s Glitzy Girls Trailer Park on the Decatur square Saturday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

When Mary Sides and her husband found their Serro Scotty trailer in a field near Weatherford a few years ago, it was in rough shape.

“It was painted all black. It was not in good shape,” Sides recalled. “We offered $400 and took it and hooked it up.”

The Chico couple transformed the trailer over the past few years and returned to the Decatur square Saturday for the Glitzy Girls Trailer Park. Trailers lined three sides of the Square during the third annual event that also included vendors and games in the parking lot off Church Street between Walnut and Main Streets.

Saturday on the Square also fell on the same weekend, filling State Street with vendors and bringing an even larger crowd to downtown. Visitors roamed from trailer to trailer, getting a peek inside.

For this year’s event, Sides added an awning after last year’s heavy winds blew over her umbrella.

“It’s our latest concoction,” she said. “We spent last week painting.”

Lupita Puentes of Justin made her third trip to the Glitzy Girls Trailer Park with her 1976 Scotty that she drove “all the way to Wisconsin to get.”

“She was put together well,” Puentes said. “I’ve gone to Colorado and Wyoming in it, places you don’t need an AC.”

Puentes won the award for best decorations last year with her “on the farm” theme. This year the theme was “on the way to the beach.” She and decorator Peggy Ihnfeldt used flip flops, dolls playing in a pool and a few pink flamingos to bring the beach to downtown Decatur.

Across the square, Gary Goucher’s hand-built trailer was on display. Using refurbished wood, the Leander resident built it between Labor Day 2007 and Memorial Day 2008.

“I’d come home and work on it on evenings and weekends,” Goucher said.

Goucher said he’s friends with Tony McKinney of Midlothian, who has brought his T-U-N-A-Can 4×8 tear-drop trailer to the Glitzy Girls event in the past. McKinney returned this year, too.

“We had a blast and had to come back this year,” Goucher said.

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