The 2nd annual Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade hosted by Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner, Andy Meyers, was a great success. Despite the looming weather reports, hundreds of people came out to the Cinco Ranch Branch Library in Katy to enjoy the festival. The festival included an essay and art competition for campuses within Precinct 3 from Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD. The crowed also enjoyed music by Seven Lakes High School Quartet, The Chairman of the Board, and the Morton Ranch High School Show Choir, JaZZ’d! as well as a book character parade with some of the community’s youngest participants. The parade was led by high school drummers and drill team members from Cinco Ranch High School as they made their way through La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Katy also wowed the audience with a demonstration by some of their young black belts.
The weather held off nicely for most of the event which allowed for a great time for families to enjoy good food and vendor booths throughout the library’s parking lot. Fort Bend County provided first response vehicles such as the Willowfork fire engine, EMS, Constable trucks and motorcycles from the Sheriff’s department for the little ones.
Best of Show Winners include:
Grades K – 2: Caroline Silva, Creech Elementary
Grades 3 – 5: Shweta Nanaware, Kilpatrick Elementary
Grades 6 – 8: Jessica Ngo, Beck Junior High
Lilian Davila, Wolman Elementary
Luana Sacramento, Seven Lakes Junior High
Lucy Chen, Tompkins High School
The library displayed nearly 450 entries and $6,000.00 in scholarships were awarded with $1,000.00 for each Best of Show winner. There were 3 categories for Art (Elementary, JH and HS) and 3 categories for essays (grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8). State Representative Dr. John Zerwas, Larissa Plunto from Senator Lois Kolkhorst’s office and Precinct 3 Constable Rob Cook assisted Commissioner Meyers in presenting the checks to the winners. Every participant received a ribbon based on individual merit.
All Judges Choice and Best of Show winners will go on to be displayed at the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum. KCAM will host an Open House on April, 22nd from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Curator awards will be announced at the event.
The winners for the Book Character Parade received trophies and gift cards as well as their choice of a themed, hand sewn bear by Sew Beary Special. The Judges from three area magazines also came out in their best book character costumes too. Simonton Mayor, Daniel McJunkin from Fulshear Magazine, Lori Gunn from Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles and Homes and Nicole from Katy Parent had so much fun handing out the prizes.
In addition to the scholarships and prizes for the students and character parade contestants, Commissioner Meyers gave a gift card to every teacher who participated by submitting a student in the show. This was a way to say “thank you” for going the extra mile with their students by encouraging them in their gifts and talents.
Teachers in attendance also had an opportunity to sign up to win the following prizes during the awards ceremony.
2 Gift Baskets from Trader Joe’s
Bundle of children’s games by Costco
Commissioner Meyers is looking forward to many more years of what has become a “True Gem” for the residence in Fort Bend County.
For more information about the Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade, please visit http://www.fortbendlfafp.com