BOWIE – The annual Bowiefest held in Allen Pond Park Saturday brought the community together with everything ranging from internationally known baton twirlers to a man with reptile friends. Cars spanned the entire block as people swarmed to the park. The opening ceremony began 15 minutes earlier than expected to a crowd of more than […]
BOWIE – The annual Bowiefest held in Allen Pond Park Saturday brought the community together with everything ranging from internationally known baton twirlers to a man with reptile friends.
Cars spanned the entire block as people swarmed to the park. The opening ceremony began 15 minutes earlier than expected to a crowd of more than 30 onlookers.
“I recommend the lemonade,” Singer Vickie Lomas said. “Best lemonade in town.” Bowiefest chose Lomas to sing the National Anthem to open the festival after Mayor Frederick Robinson spoke to the crowd about the importance of veterans.
Shops enclosed the Robert V. Setera Amphitheater main stage selling trinkets and jewellery. A bookstand managed and advertised by the Cat and the Hat was set up on the outside offering free books to young children to promote reading in the community. Sunblock stands deposited free sunblock to people in need.
Texas Roadhouse sponsored the Bowiefest rib-eating contest outside of the main stage. Rob Hufford won the contest for the second year in a row.
MC Walter Hill introduced junior dance leagues like the X-Squad Dancers, who appealed to the crowd with their fluid movements played to pop music spanning across two decades. Bands took the stage throughout different portions of the afternoon appealing to dancing children.
Buck Stokes, a third time Bowiefest goer, took a break from the festivities to sit on a bench and survey the lake and the people in paddleboats.
“I just love the performances and I’m excited for reptile man,” said Stokes. “He has a vast array of different animals and he brings them out and presents them.”
Other attendees walked their dogs around the park, getting fresh air and enjoying the day with the entire family. Kelly Pollack came with her friend and her five-week old African Pygmy goat, Mocha, who hopped along with her owners on a pink leash.
“It’s been very entertaining seeing everyone’s reactions to her so far,” said Pollack. “You know, we’re kind of like, ‘Oh, it’s a goat,’ but everyone else is like ‘I’ve never seen this before.’”
Both Lomas and Pollack enjoyed themselves and said they thought the Bowiefest brought the community closer by giving them something to look forward to in the Summer.
“It’s just great to get out in the weather and see everyone,” Stokes said.