From Kernel to Clean Up: The Story of Summer Mummers Popcorn
by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's a summer tradition in Midland many look forward to: Summer Mummers. This popular melodrama has been around for more than half a century and when most people think about Summer Mummers they think of the show. But there's a lot more to do once the curtains close.

When you think of Summer Mummers you think popcorn, drinks and a great night out. But when all the fun is over the real works begins.

"I got the hard part of picking it up and cleaning it up getting it ready for the next night," Larry Woodruff, said.

Larry Woodruff is in charge of the clean up crew for Summer Mummers.

"The hardest part of cleaning up is picking up all the popcorn hidden in places. It's time consuming to pick up all the popcorn," Woodruff said. "We go through about 750lbs a night about 15 fifty pound bags of popcorn a night," Volunteer, Tim Rosborough said.

That's around 20,000 lbs of popcorn a year.

"People will spend a lot of money on popcorn for ammo. Everyone has to have a lot of ammo. You throw popcorn like that you find popcorn in places you never thought you had before," Rosborough said.

Once the popcorn wars are done and the theater is cleared, the team goes to work.

"We start around 11:30p.m. and we are out about 3:00a.m.," Woodruff said. "The big leaf blower catches and sucks up all the popcorn and haul it to trash cans," Woodruff said.

By the end of the night, six or seven big dumpsters get filled up every night with 50-60 bags of popcorn. Even though it is a lot of hard work, seeing people having fun makes it all worth it.

"People enjoy coming out where everyone can throw popcorn, no violence, and people look forward to Summer Mummers every season,"  Woodruff said.