Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks Switch to Flip Flops

The 4th Annual Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks and Switch for Flip Flops will be held March 16, 2019.  This unique event invites everyone out to various marinas and resorts around the lake as mariners welcome the arrival of spring.   This is a Lake Texoma tradition that you won’t want to miss!

Legend has it that the manager of the Annapolis Yacht Yard, Captain Bob Turner, decided as he was leaving work on the first day of spring, to burn his socks.  Over the years, the tradition has expanded along the east and west coasts and in between.

What began in the 1970’s by east coast mariners has come to Lake Texoma. Terri Weir, Association Director of the Lake Texoma Association, brought the idea to Lake Texoma in 2015. From only a few participants that first year, the event continues to grow with more Lake Texoma Marinas participating and more activities being added each year.

Mariners all over the country will be holding sock burning events to shed heavy winter wear for summer attire.  In Texoma Flip Flop season begins with the week of the Spring Equinox which marks the moment when the center of the sun appears directly overhead at the Equator.

Burning of the socks Flowing Wells

The Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks Switch to Flip Flops Celebration will be a day full of family friendly fun.  Along with the burning of the socks there will be lots of other fun events. 

Here is a schedule of the events planned around the lake this year.

  • Bridgeview Marina
    Flea Market begins at 8am
    Festivities begin at 11am
    Fire truck hose & ring the bell, drawings, weenie roast, bonfire
  • Buncombe Creek Marina
    Festivities begin at 11am. Please join us for this fun filled family even which will include the Band-C7, Chili Cook-off, Polar Plunge, Dunk Tank, Bounce House, Weiner Roast and Several Carnival type games for the Kids
  • Big Mineral Marina 
    Beach Clean Up 9-11:30am
    Bonfire, hotdogs, free flip flops 11:30am-1pm
  • Cedar Mills Marina
    Festivities begin at 4pm
    Bonfire, Rocky & the Bullwinkles, drink specials
  • Eisenhower Yacht Club
    Festivities begin at 4pm
    Street tacos, Customer Appreciation Dinner
    Diaper drive to support True Options Pregnancy Center
  • Flowing Wells Marina
    Festivities begin at 5pm
    Bonfire, bring lawn chairs & beverages!
  • Highport Marina  

Burn your socks and bring your flip flops to celebrate the arrival of spring!

When: 11 am
Where: The parking lot between Mo’s Grill and the Island Bar & Grill
The burn pit will be set up in front of the Island Bar & Grill. A donation basket will be available for donating new socks to the Stockings for Seniors Charity.
At the Island Bar & Grill- ALL YOU CAN EAT shrimp boil
– Grey Guymon will be performing from 11 am – 2 pm
At Mo’s Grill – After-Burn Party with St. Paddy’s Irish food and drink specials.