Austin's motto is "Keep Austin Weird." Don't believe me? Try us out for a day. They call it coordinated individualism. (I know, insert oxymoron joke here) The intention of the motto is toward keeping us a small town with a focus on local small businesses instead of embracing giant chains. Most people know it's also poking fun at some of our city's quirkier sides. No joke, we've had a homeless transvestite run for mayor on more than one occasion. All of this said, Round Rock is Austin's Northern uptight conservative neighbor. Or better yet, we're like a giant Elton John and their Alex P Keaton perched on his shoulders.
So running across this festival gave me pause. Apparently we're rubbing off. According to the Hairy Man Festival website, it's been going on for 16 years!
The Legend of the Hairy Man
By Gwen King, Local Historian
Children whisper tales of a strange hermit, the Hairy Man, who haunts the winding road along the Brushy Creek. Many legends persist about the Hairy Man. Some believe he was an infant accidentally left behind by settlers heading west in the 1800s. Raised by wild animals in the fern bluffs, the Hairy Man viewed the creek as his own. He resented the intrusion of strangers into his territory and would jump out of the trees to frighten people away. Or, hanging from the leafy canopy above the road, he would drag his feet across the top of passing carriages. On one occasion, the Hairy Man attacked a horse-drawn wagon, spooking the horses. The old hermit was supposedly run over by the wagon and killed, and now his spirit lingers along the creek and road.
On a silent, moonlit night, perhaps you will see his eerie silhouette on the bluffs along Brushy Creek. The faint, other-worldly moan that echoes through the night. Is it the sound of the wind as it pushes through the treetops or the lonely cry of a coyote or perhaps....something more sinister?
Music, Art & Food, Helping local charities...oh yeah, a hairiest man contest too! Welcome to the party Round Rock. I'm thinking it'll be fun, plus it'll get the kids out of the house tomorrow. I wonder how many gay bears club members participate in the contest?
I don't think Gigglesugar would much care for this contest.