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March 13, 2014

Spring weather draws crowds to Heritage Fest

NEDERLAND — Good food, thrilling rides, baby animals, and a chance to win prizes while strolling in the spring sunshine lured large crowds to Boston Avenue Thursday for the 41st annual Heritage Festival.

The week-long event so far has been blessed with good weather, and large crowds, Wanda Hollier, manager of the Nederland Heritage Festival, said. “Its been awesome.”

Thursday marked the third day of this year’s festival, and the second time Joe Bijeaux, 36, of Nederland, and his four-year-old son, Logan, attended since the gates opened Tuesday.

“Logan like coming out here with the kids and how can I leave off the food?,” he said. “Plus, all the money goes back into the community. We like to support that.”

But, first and foremost, he said, it’s all about the kids.

Bijeaux said his wife Melissa had attended the festival with them Tuesday, but was at home recouperating from seeing Elton John the night before.

Thursday was the first day to purchase armband passes, which allowed unlimited carnival rides for $25.

Anessa Hansing, 26, of Port Neches, her six-month-old daughter Sutton, four-year-old son Ledger and husband Jordan Hansing, 34, attended the festival for the first time this year Thursday with Melinda Adams, 38, of Groves and her daughter Breelyn Brittain, 10, of Groves.

“The kids are all riding rides. We are having fun. Even the baby is having fun,” Anessa Hansing said.

Now into day three of the six-day event, this year’s festival can already be called a success, Hollier said.

“We even had a baby lamb born today at the petting zoo,” Hollier said.

Concessionaires are happy too, Hollier said.

“They have all had wonderful crowds,” she said.

All concessions are run by non-profits, who put their earnings back into the community.

“When you come and eat at the festival your are truly supporting the local community,” Hollier said.

Festivities continue Friday with a full slate of activities, and on through the weekend.

Friday, March 14

• Carnival — 4 to 11 p.m. Co-sponsored by Classic Southeast Texas.

• NHF’s Famous “Cuisine” Walk — 4 to 11 p.m.

• Petting Zoo — 4 to 10 p.m. Co-sponsored by Texas First Bank. Located on the Midway next to the French Museum.

• NHF Stage Entertainer — B.B. and Company, 7 to 10 p.m. Co-sponsored by J.D. Knight Construction.


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