“Boing! Boing!” 4-year-old Knox Haygood said he jumped through the air on a ride Saturday at the annual SpringFest in downtown Lufkin.
Bouncing onto the ground, he asked his nana, Natalie Whitton, “Can we go to the bouncy house, too?”
Whitton laughed at him and gave him a big hug.
“He is having such a good time!” she said. “We all are!”
This is the first time Whitton has been to the SpringFest, hosted by Main Street Lufkin, in order to get more people downtown and having fun.
“I was really surprised at how many booths were out here,” Whitton said. “There is so much food, activities and stores to browse through.”
Main Street Director Barbara Thompson said the event is held in order to provide community members a fun time and showcase the many boutiques and stores downtown.
“We looked back on years before and saw the turnout was always good for Easter,” Thompson said in an earlier Lufkin Daily News story. “As our downtown is growing, we want people to come down here. By having this event Easter weekend, it gives loved ones coming to town a chance to see the festival, as well as shop at our stores.”
Attendees enjoyed an electric bull ride, a sky jump trampoline, a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment, a fashion show, cars on display and a plethora of vendors selling farm-fresh veggies, flowers, spring decorations and food.
Three-year-old Jameson Johnson blew his train whistle as he rode around in the train, making a shrill “Toot! Toot!”
Johnson’s mother, Vanessa, said she and her family come to the event every year.
“The kids have so much fun,” she said. “It’s great that they host this event for the community. It gets us out of the house, making fun family memories.”