An event- and sun-filled EnergyFest 2013 brought an engaged crowd of families, friends and Energy Corridor newcomers to Eldridge Parkway for a day of performances, food and fun.
The Energy Corridor’s first-ever, family street festival proved memorable.
It began with a speech by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who introduced a Bicycle Rodeo with representatives from METRO and The Energy Corridor District to cyclist groups and local politicians filling the parking lot in front of the Holiday Inn Houston West Energy Corridor.
At noon, crowds gathered along Eldridge Parkway between Briar Forest and Forkland, visiting the Entertainment Expo for fun performances, sampling food from both Energy Corridor restaurants and local food trucks, getting information on commuting and sustainable living, enjoying children’s activities and even adopting pets from BARC.
With sincere smiles and unbridled enthusiasm, KHOU 11’s Morning News Anchor Lilly Jang and Meteorologist Chita Johnson emceed the entertainment, tweeting about EnergyFest to thousands of followers in town. Johnson even finished the festival by leading a group Electric Slide on a stage filled with line dancers.
“It was great to see lots of people exploring Eldridge Parkway and enjoying some of what makes The Energy Corridor a special place to work and live,” says Racheal Weaver, Community Events Coordinator for The Energy Corridor District. “For many of the visitors we talked with, EnergyFest was their first time to experience Eldridge Parkway and all that it offers.”
Led by Shaun Gray, the District’s own Gray & Associates Events produced the festival.
Several sponsors made EnergyFest possible. Festival Community Partner METRO and Festival Partner Hot 95-7 FM led the main sponsorships.
Exhibit sponsors included Advancial, Blue Atlas Marketing, Commute Solutions, Sam’s Club, SM Energy, Sporting News Grill and Watson’s House of Ales. Also, Bicycle World of Houston brought its Bike Rodeo and safety experts, while Sharky’s American Grill sponsored a slider eating contest with Sporting News Grill. IdeaLabs of Houston ran Creative Corner’s kids activities.
Entertainers included Kalila, Obsolete August, Courtney Locke, When All Else Fails, the Houston Rocket Power Dancers, the Rummel Creek Elementary Rockin’ Roadrunners and the Westside High School Pride Dance Team.
Houston street artist local painter Wiley Robertson and other artists from Landauer Art captured their impressions of EnergyFest by creating live art in front of festival goers.
EnergyFest proceeds will benefit neighborhood schools in The Energy Corridor.