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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 […]

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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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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