Annual ‘Rite of
Spring’ at Greenville Circle
By Bob Robinson
April 9, 2012
Sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning, an event took place that
made ‘official’ the beginning of Spring and wrapping up a school year.
Detergent-filled balloons were tossed into the fountain at Greenville
As I took photos, young people (still on their Spring break) drove by
with thumbs up and horns honking. The usual rubber-neckers slowed down
to catch a glimpse of the sudsy tradition. And a few friends told me
not to get too wet as they drove by.
After wrapping up my business at the post office, I took the mail to
the Eagles and planned to settle in for an hour or two of getting
“Hey Bob, ya get wet?”
“Yeah. A little.” That was a lie, but what the heck?
“I shoulda put red dye in it!”
Grinning. “Get lots of pictures?”
Grinning back. “Yeah… hey Dick (Stump), you’ve been around a long time.
How long’s this been going on? I’ve seen it for several years…”
“They’ve been doing that ever since they put a fountain there,” Stump
“Even with the old one?”
“Yep. Even with the old one.”
A comment from someone on facebook remembers doing it… 40 years ago.
Seems to me, this is definitely a “Rite of Spring” for Greenville.
As I left to head for the first of my classes for the day, the wind had
picked up. Bubbles were blowing across the road toward the post office.
Great photo op with Old Glory waving in the breeze twenty-some feet
But I needed to be on time for my class.