The smell of sweet caramel wafts over a crowded parking lot along East Pearl Street.
The sun was out. Dry and cool air. Crowds of people strolled around the stalls offering artwork, jewelry, baked goods and, yes, kettle corn. Just another fall weekend in historic Granbury Square and the Harvest Moon Festival is in full swing.
Dewayne Stobaugh was neck and neck in a stainless steel kettle, stirring kernels of corn in hot oil.
“They are about to explode,” Stobaugh says in warning.
Steam rises from the hot tub, the unmistakable staccato pops multiply.
Stobaugh pours the new batch of hot corn into a metal table. His assistant, Dana Richards, skillfully tosses the still steaming popcorn. A line had formed. Customers were asking for the apple corn – sweet, tangy and delicious.
Southern Reflection Kettle Corn was a success.
“It’s a big company,” Stobaugh said. “No kidding.”
So how did he get into this racquet?
“I got into this by accident, really,” he said in April of this year.
He was a carpenter by trade. A Texan his whole life – born in Fort Worth, then found his way to Granbury.
Then he met a guy “who made kettle corn,” he said. “He won $ 3,500 that day. I won $ 400.
The rest, as they say, is history.