Fort Bend Arts Festival marks fifth year

April 11, 2018 GMT

Join Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers on Saturday, April 28, at the Fort Bend County Libraries Cinco Ranch Branch Library for a day packed with creativity and fun.

Meyers started the Fort Bend Arts Festival and Parade with the library system to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., and to showcase and recognize artistic talent in the community. This year, the festival is hosted in partnership with Katy Summer Fest.

The festival will feature hundreds of visual art and essay pieces created by Precinct 3 students in the Katy, Lamar Consolidated and Fort Bend independent school districts as part of the Fort Bend Arts Fest Literary & Fine Arts competition.

Meyers applauds the effort that teachers put forth for the event since it’s above and beyond their regular job. “I appreciate the fact that teachers stepped up and put extra time and effort to work with students.”

A panel of professionals and former educators evaluate the artwork and essays, with winning entries displayed at the library.

Participate in a Storybook Character Parade through LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The parade is open to ages 2-10 and will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a helicopter fly over and deputies from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office leading with way with their lights and sirens.

The top three “Cutest Costumes” will receive prizes at the 11 a.m. awards ceremony. An outstanding group award also is given to a non-school related group with five or more youngsters within grades K-12 representing a community business or group.

An estimated 2,000 people have attended the event in the past. Meyers said he’s not surprised by the way it’s taken off. “There’s a lot of interest in our community in the arts. There’s a large number of incredibly talented young people and their extended family and friends who are always interested in acknowledging it.”

Meyers is happy for the increased interest, including support from local businesses, that may eventually lead to moving the event to a larger site to accommodate those who attend.

“I knew it would grow as time went on. It gets very crowded, which is a good thing. I appreciate all the people showing up. I want more people to show up. We’ll accommodate them no matter what.”

He’s also happy to generate enthusiasm in the community for the arts.

“Art enriches all our lives and we need to celebrate that,” Meyers said.

This year, the festival is in collaboration with Katy Summer Camp Fair, Katy SummerFest, which started eight years ago as Katy’s only summer camp/activity expo.

Families can learn about 2018 summer camps and activities. Local vendors will offer kid-friendly activities, a bounce house, obstacle course, face-painting, entertainment, gaming truck, mad-science experiment, make-and-take, puppy adoptions from Fort Bend County Pets - Fort Bend County Animal Services, fire truck and ambulance tours from Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office, and Fort Bend County EMS and food trucks.

Parking and shuttles are available at Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy.

Visit www.fortbendartsfest.com for details.

The branch library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, will be closed for the festival and parade. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, April 30. The online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies, downloading e-books, or using the research databases. For more information, contact 281-633-4734.