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September 29, 2012

Bridge City Heritage Festival a hit

BRIDGE CITY — Standing behind a red counter Seth Hartman aimed a coin at a tall pile of stacked glassware.

With a flick of the wrist the coin landed with a high pitched jingle in a drinking glass which instantly became Hartman’s prize during the Dime Toss game at the Second Annual Bridge City Heritage Festival on Saturday.

Hartman was flanked by fellow Bridge City High School students Noah Mathews and Pressley Huebel who were also quickly becoming masters of the game and enjoying the festival as well.

“It’s way better then it was last year,” Hartman said of the festival in general to which Mathews added that this year there are more carnival rides.

The festival, held at the Bridge City Community Center and surrounding grounds, went on despite periods of rain. The small crowd began to grow into a much larger crowd after 2 p.m. when the skies began to clear.

Claudine Hogan, executive director of the Bridge City Historical Society which sponsors the event, said when the group heard of the weather forecast they were worried but decided the rain wasn’t going to stop the event.

“We heard it was going to rain and we kept forging on,” Hogan said. “This morning at 9 we sat in the community center and prayed and said let’s go forward with this and people said they are so glad we did.”

Tents lined the festival grounds where some booths were set up to sell food and other items to benefit such groups at the Historical Society, Bridge City High School Band, BCHS Project Graduation, BCHS Boosters and more. Other vendors came out to sell their wares including everything from jewelry and crafts to dresses and homecoming corsages.

Some vendors were set-up inside the community center and patrons could take part in a silent auction.

One item in particular caught Hogan’s eye — a painting by Jackie Thurman of Rob Bailey’s Fish Camp. With bidding sheet in hand Hogan walked to a nearby table and placed her own bid on the painting.

This year’s festival also feature live music at the pavilion and a carnival with rides, games and food.

Proceeds from the festival go toward future endeavors in the Bridge City community and, hopefully, for the Bridge City waterfront park, she added.

mmeaux@panews.com

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