Sealybrate good times

Tenth annual festival is a big hit

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It was a weekend to remember – full of fun, friends, food, fireworks, barbecue, music, softball and a carnival atmosphere.

The 10th annual Sealybration event at B&PW Park broke all kinds of records. Organizers said Monday morning they were exhausted and hadn’t fully recovered – but they were proud of the show they put on.

“We were very happy with the weekend and the turnout,” said Sealy Community Foundation president Melanie Willingham. “My proudest moment was Friday night. The turnout, the reaction from the crowd, made me so proud to bring this event in. We had record barbecue cook-off entries, record bean bag turnout, record crowds. Overall it was a huge success.”

Sealy Community Foundation hosts the event each year to raise money for scholarships and nonprofit organizations. Board member Angela Schmidt said she’s still crunching numbers and doesn’t know yet how much they brought in this year, but she’s pleased with the turnout. She specifically noted the positive response from bringing in Latin music, including bands La Calma and Banda Clave Sinaloense de Houston.

“Friday night was such an eye-opening experience,” she said. “It made me feel really humbled knowing that just doing something to include another part of our community could show so much gratitude. It kinda makes me tear up thinking about it.”

Sealy Mayor Janice Whitehead said she also thought the event was a home run.

“What a well-organized, fun-filled, fabulous weekend the Sealy Community Foundation provided for the citizens of Sealy and the surrounding area,” she said. “More than 80 softball teams filled the fields, multiple teams registered for the barbecue cook-off and citizen support was spectacular. Hats off to the Sealy Community Foundation volunteers, city staff and other volunteers who put their time and effort into making this past weekend one of the best Sealybrations ever.”

Check for more photos in our Sports section this week and next week, on our Facebook page and online at sealynews.com.

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