Follyball Fest (1992-1994)
An ad for Follyball Fest from This Week in Texas reads: "This Sunday at 4 p.m., the 26th annual Follyball Fest takes place in the 2500 block of Mason. Once again this year, admission is a donation of grocery items for Stone Soup which will be distributed to AFH clients. The fun-filled afternoon includes appearances by the Follyball Fest Cheerleaders, the Homecoming Queen and her Court, and the outrageous Follyettes..."
“I do remember one particular Sunday when they were gonna be doing that-- it was the Houston Area Bears against another club, and they went and played [...] All the Bears got on their costumes, uniforms, whatever, and they piled into the back of a pickup truck and they were gonna go and the truck wouldn't move because of the weight in the back of it.”
“[Dressing up] was part of the event. Rainbo de Klown, who was very popular, was very vocal in the community, he still is, one of our founders. He actually had a cheerleader costume, and he made it, and he would get out and cheer them on [...] And it caught on, so people would dress for the affair and do their thing. But it was never really a planned thing. It just kind of happened.”
The September 20, 1985 edition of This Week in Texas reads: "Of course the purpose of the end-of-summer frolic is to play volleyball. But the games usually turn out to be more like follyball -- thus, the name of the event. And for those not engaging in the sport, it's a time to soak up the free sunshine, beer, music and cruising." At halftime, "royalty" are crowned. Many of the pictures on this page are of the fabulous Follyball Fest royalty, and the equally well-dressed cheerleaders. Follyball Fest was traditionally held in "the heart of Montrose."