Kick-Off Summer 2012 With the RETRO-ACTIVE Event

Galveston Island’s Official Kick-Off to Summer Event, the Galveston Island Beach Revue, is back May 19th with a special partnership between Galveston business Islander By Choice and Galveston non-profit Family Service Center. FSC will be on hand before the event to bring old-fashioned family fun games and information on summer activities that will keep the kids busy all season long!

Always a crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest where retro swimwear is chic and vintage is king. Contestants from all over the US will strut their stuff across the sand along Galveston Island’s historic shoreline beginning at 2 pm.

Before the main event families are encouraged to come to 52nd and Seawall at 12pm for the RETRO-ACTIVE event, hosted by Family Service Center. Retro, old-fashioned games like sack races, three-legged races and the hoop and stick are only the beginning! You’ll also have a chance to walk around with your kids, learn about the 40 Developmental Assets, and then sit back and relax for the main show – the historic Bathing Beauties contest! Admission is free for these family-friendly events.

Family Service Center is a non-profit counseling agency that serves Galveston County residents of all ages and incomes. A percentage of proceeds from the Beach Revue will go to support the programs of the agency, such as working with children, families and senior citizens. “Family Service Center’s mission is all about strengthening families and supporting communities”, said Dr. Julie Purser, Executive Director of Family Service Center, “So this new partnership falls in line with who we are and who we want to continue being for families and our community.”

Dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, the Galveston beauty contest began in the summer of 1920 and from then on marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event, which had morphed into the “bathing girl revue” had become so popular, the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression and was resurrected in 2009 by Galveston business Islander By Choice, LLC and is once again the Island’s official kick-off to summer.

Please join Islander By Choice and Family Service Center at the Galveston Island Bathing Beauties Revue on Saturday, May 19th starting at 12:00 pm on the Seawall and 52nd Street.

For event details visit and for more information about Family Service Center, visit or call 409-762-8636 and ask for Shannon!


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