LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The 24th annual Downtown Hoedown in Lufkin is more than a great time, it helps improve the downtown area.
"Each year it gets better," Main Street director, Barbara Thompson said.
Since the Hoedown's first year, it has grown bigger and better, with more family fun activities
"The food, the music, and the activities are what keeps us coming back," Jeremy Dertrand, Hoedown attendee said.
"My favorite part are the games and things we get to do," Omareon Hurts, first time at Hoedown with his family, said. "I also like all the fun rides."
Although the event is free, it still manages to help local groups cash in.
"We're raising money for our abundant life hype group at Abundant Life Church," Glenna Taylor, an abundant life hype group member said. "This is a way to teach our kids how to interact with the community and get involved."
Event organizers try to top themselves each year by adding new features to get people to come out, like a car show.
"I wanted to bring the boys out to see the old cars and show them what real cars used to look like," said David Horace.
"It's a part of history that some of the younger youth have never seen," James Littlefield, a car show participant said. "So when their parents bring them out, they learn a little bit of history of these cars."
This event is only once a year, however it continues to bring a lot of revenue to downtown Lufkin.
"We use the money for downtown beautification, to keep downtown up," Thompson said. "We do it for a small facade. Anytime we have an event downtown, we use it for the businesses."
Attendees enjoy helping beautify downtown while having fun at the same time.
"I love it," Lyndsey Smitthart, a first timer at the Hoedown said. "It's a cool thing to see. I know everybody walking around so I get to see my friends and the Hoedown has a lot of good snacks and activities.
"Anytime you see a family event and with children and grownups all coming together, then it is exactly what the city is looking for," Thompson said.
Organizers are pleased with this year's turn out, and intend to keep this event free to the public for years to come.