City’s 3rd mudbug fest moves to new site

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Pearland’s third crawfish festival will be held at a new site within the city this year.

Organizers announced the third annual Pearland Crawfish Festival, set April 10 through 12, will move from its site for the past two years off State Highway 288 to the Pearland Parks and Recreation Center grounds at 4141 Bailey Road — the same site as the popular annual Winterfest event.

While the 288 site had high visibility and onsite parking, development on part of the acreage meant it was not available this year, said Mike Martin of Houston-based Turn-To Productions.

“The great thing about Pearland is it’s a dynamic, fast-growing community,” he said.

“And one of the challenges about it is that it’s a dynamic, fast-growing community. We loved having the festival there, but unfortunately, there is development on it, so we had to move it.”

Not only is the new site larger, however, it is also drier after a rain. But even despite a poor weather forecast last year, the festival broke its expected 15,000 attendance predictions.

Parking at the new location is still being worked out, Martin said, but will include a combination of on-site and shuttled parking areas.

Once held in Kemah, the festival moved to Pearland in 2013 when event coordinators were looking for a larger site. Houston-based Turn To Productions LLC said the festival had been limited due to the size of the site, traffic and parking issues, and the 288 site remedied access and parking issues.

In addition to live music, a kid’s zone and arts and crafts, this year’s festival will feature armadillo races, a reptile exhibit and “monster hamster balls” in the children’s area.

Admission fees have gone up slightly since the prior year, but those who arrive on Friday before 3 p.m. will be admitted free. Afterward, admission at the gate is $8 for a one-day pass or $21 three-day pass. Children 12 and younger and active-duty military personnel with a current ID are admitted free.

Hours for the festival are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Proceeds benefit Pearland ISD Education Foundation, Pearland Parks Dept. Foundation and the Houston Blues Society.

Vendor applications are now being accepted. Visit pearlandcrawfishfestival.com.

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