By BRIAN SMITH
HUDSON OAKS — Another record crowd is expected for the 3rd Annual Boomin’ 4th celebration Friday at Gene L. Voyles Park.
Co-sponsored by the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hudson Oaks, the free event drew an estimated 6,500 people two years ago and an estimated 12,500 people last year, according to EPCCC Marketing Director Kay Huse. Both those figures were thought to be “astronomical” by Huse for such a new event, but the projections are even bigger this year.
“We’re expecting between 14,000 and 16,000 people Friday,” Huse said.
The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. with Wynn Williams and the Hazers performing three sets of music until 9 p.m. when an introduction of officials, invocation by State Rep. Phil King, a presentation of the colors and a 25-minute choreographed fireworks show by Pyroshows of Texas will start at about 9:15 p.m., sponsored by Jerry’s GM & Southwest Auto Group.
Since parking is very limited, those wishing to attend are encouraged to park at Walmart in Hudson Oaks and take advantage of the free shuttle service to the park. Huse said 10 shuttle buses will begin running nonstop starting at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. Once the fireworks show is over, all 10 buses will line up behind each other at the park for the trips back to Walmart and will run until the last person is picked up.
“Last year we had eight buses and had the park cleared within 20 minutes after the end of the show,” Huse said. “With the additional two buses, we’re hoping to have that done within 15 minutes.”
Those attending are reminded that while ice chests are welcome, no glass products, tents or popup canopies are to be brought into the park. Chairs, umbrellas and blankets are also welcomed and encouraged.
Because of the event’s increasing popularity, many of the same popular vendors signed on for another year prior to the event with only one new vendor coming on. A children’s area will have arts and crafts from Trinity Bible Church and Court Appointed Special Advocates doing face painting. Kids Korner will have a number of lightup mohawks and swords available for use.
While people can bring a picnic, concessions will be available if needed, including the always popular Emergency Services District 3 barbecue area along with iced tea from McAlister’s Deli.
Other vendors are Kona Ice, Pop’s Kettle Corn and Julie Beans Ice Cream.
For those who need to get out of the heat, a couple of ways are being offered.
Huse said a new vendor, Photo Lobby Foto Booth, will offer an air conditioned trailer with a number of settings for the perfect holiday weekend shot. A misting tent will also be available to cool off in.
For more information on Boomin’ 4th, visit the website at www.boomin4th.com.