High water this week won't stop Free Press Summer Fest

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - The Free Press Summer Festival will go on this weekend in Eleanor Tinsley Park on Allen Parkway near downtown Houston.

Buffalo Bayou surged Wednesday just down the hill from the venue for the annual music and arts festival.

"Basically we build a small city in about seven days and we tear it down in two," said producer Omar Afra. "There's been mud every year so our attendees know how to navigate that. They come in shoes that they don't want to get destroyed. They bring ponchos. Whatever's cleaner. It's pretty much par for the course for us."

He said construction was running ahead of schedule. The big stage was already set up Wednesday as were many of the tents and trailers surrounding the stage.

Afra said, "Every year since 2009, it's rained. Our team knows how to navigate this. Our attendees know how to navigate it. Really it's great because we're slated for 86 degrees which will be a phenomenally cooler event than we've ever had."

Organizers said nearly 100,000 people attended last year. As of Wednesday, tickets were still available.

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