Around 5,000 attendees joined the Hobby Area District at private plane hangars at Hobby Airport for HobbyFest 2019, shattering past year’s attendance records by at least 1,000 people. Guests enjoyed access to 56 different vendors—another HobbyFest record—with plenty of food and fun. Mango Punch band provided live musical entertainment and got the crowd moving in our designated Dancing Zone.
On display were vintage, modern and military static aircraft displays, as well as a METRO Houston bus, a crane and a fire truck, which performed an impressive water demonstration on site. This year we also unveiled a fun photo station, courtesy of Quartz Photo Booth Co. that provided visitors with digital memories and souvenirs to share with their friends on social media. Interactive poetry was also a huge hit, thanks to the Inprint Poetry Buskers, armed with creativity and electric typewriters.
For the kids, there were two video game buses, three bungee trampolines, an inflatable bouncy house and a giant inflatable slide, a rock wall, six costumed characters including Black Panther, Buzz Lightyear, and the McDonald’s characters, and two friendly Easter Bunnies for photo opportunities. In addition, this year’s Kid Zone included balloon artists, princess makeovers, an interactive drum circle, popcorn, Easter eggs and cotton candy. Let’s just say we’d be surprised if most didn’t fall asleep on the drive home after the event.
Raffle items raised $4,700 for the HobbyFest fund, and event sponsorships provided $12,500 in scholarships to local college and high school students. Event goers donated a literal truckload of canned goods, non-perishable food items, and baby toiletry essentials (pictured below). Thank you to all who joined us for HobbyFest 2019—we hope to see you again next year!