20K eggs dropped to excited kids at Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor

HOUSTON - Thousands of plastic, goodie-filled eggs rained down from a helicopter as children below jumped with excitement, awaiting their chance to grab as many treats as possible during the Urban Egg Hunt at the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival.

The free annual family event in Fifth Ward not only provided the largest egg hunt in the neighborhood, with 20,000 eggs, there were three stages of live music and entertainment, a Kid's Zone, housing fair and health screenings.

The festival, which was held Saturday in the 3700 block of Lyons Avenue, was organized by Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC) and Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis, District B.

"We had a larger turn out this year, which proves we have touched an untapped group of people who are looking for family-friendly events," said Davis. "The egg hunt, the Kids Zone and the live music gave every family member something to enjoy. Our goal is to celebrate the Fifth Ward, while showing people across Houston the great things the neighborhood has to offer right now."

In addition to the family fun, people got a chance to learn about new housing opportunities, mortgage lenders and home builders were on hand to answer questions at the housing fair. There was also a historical scavenger hunt that allowed people to learn more about the history of Fifth Ward.

"This year's theme was "party with a purpose," said Kathy Flanagan Payton, CEO of FWCRC. "Our goal was to not only entertain, but at the same time, educate people about all the wonderful things we have taking place daily in Fifth Ward. There are brand new homes being built, new businesses are moving in, completing a livable centers study, and soon we will open the newly-renovated DeLuxe Theater. So this was a great chance to share information and celebrate the community as a whole."

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