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Homecoming Mums: They’re Huge in Texas — Literally

If you grew up here in Texas, you might well be familiar with the tradition of homecoming mums: corsages given to dates for the high school homecoming game and dance. It’s a tradition that persists, but as Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps reports, the mums — and the decorations that accompany them — have grown so large and […]

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A close-up view of Paige’s public radio-themed homecoming mum.

If you grew up here in Texas, you might well be familiar with the tradition of homecoming mums: corsages given to dates for the high school homecoming game and dance.

It’s a tradition that persists, but as Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps reports, the mums — and the decorations that accompany them — have grown so large and elaborate they might need to be given via forklift.

(Above: Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps had never received a homecoming mum in high school — that is until she got assigned to do a story on the phenomenon. Her fellow producers Edel Howlin and Maggie Martin made her dream come true, presenting Paige with her very own public radio-themed mum.)

MORE: Homecoming Mums: Inside A Larger-Than-Life Texas Tradition (KERA, Oct. 10, 2014)

This story was informed by sources in Houston Public Media’s Public Insight Network ®. To become a news source, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/pin.

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