Midland, Texas, the childhood home of United States President George W. Bush, has a population of some 100,000. This West Texas community has long been at the center of the state's oil and gas industry and the president's father, President George H.W. Bush, began his own oil company in Midland before turning to a career in politics.
Touted as a mid-range city with a friendly atmosphere and laying claim to all the opportunities and amenities of communities with a greater population, Midland is proud of its thriving business climate and the manner in which is has nurtured culture and the arts in one of the most environmentally barren parts of the Lone Star State.
There are six museums in Midland, Texas. They are the American Airpower Heritage Museum, the Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum, the Midland County Historical Museum, the Midland Downtown Lions Club Fire Museum, the Museum of the Southwest, and the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.
The Marian Blakemore Planetarium in Midland, Texas is one of the largest in Texas. The Midland Community Theatre makes its home base in the Cole Theatre, a three million dollar facility. The Community Theatre group has consistently been ranked among the top ten amateur theatrical troupes in the nation.
The largest orchestra in West Texas is located in Midland, Texas. The Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale was organized in 1962 and now performs up to fifty concerts per year. Guests artists from around the world perform with the group and the Symphony is also the base of the Sausalito String Quartet and the Lone Star Brass Quintet.
In May in Midland, Texas a parade celebrates Cinco De Mayo, the holiday commemorating the independence of Mexico from France. Then in June the best of Tex-Mex cuisine and Tejano music can be sampled at the Mex-Tex Menudo, Chili, and Fajita Cook-Off.
In August in Midland, Texas, the Rock The Desert festival offers fourteen hours of Christian praise music in conjunction with events sponsored by the Christian Wrestling Federation. The Rock The Desert event is held in Beal Park.
In October there's a transformation in local real estate. Midland, Texas becomes, for a few hours, the South Pacific as pilots re-enact both the bombing of Pearl Harbor and other famous aerial engagements of the Second World War as part of the FINA-CAF AIRSHO. The event usually takes place on the first weekend of the month.
The oil industry occupies a great deal of the community's surrounding real estate. Midland, Texas, consequently, helps to host on a biennial basis, the Permian Basin International Oil Show. The event is hailed as the largest trade show in the world focusing on the technology of the oil and gas industry. Normally the show is held at the Ector County Coliseum in Midland's sister city, Odessa.
With an active business climate anchored on the bedrock of oil and gas, Midland is a bustling West Texas city with a growing population. Multiple popular and cultural events are offered in Midland on an annual basis making it something of an oasis in a landscape that can otherwise only be described as desert.