Downtown Hoedown

by Christa Lollis

The Downtown Hoedown brought dozens of vendors to the streets of downtown Lufkin today. And every booth represents money, Main Street Lufkin will use to make the downtown landscape more attractive. "We use those funds to help revitalize downtown and help them paint their buildings and a lot of the businesses moved in, a lot of times they don't always have funds to put a new facade on the front of their buildings," Barbara Thompson with Main Street Lufkin explained.

More vendors participating this year, means more money for beautification. It also means more people packing the streets. "It's to bring the community and different people from outside, to bring them in for them to see our downtown because otherwise sometimes they wouldn't be aware of our downtown," Thompson said. And while they're walking around, Main Street Lufkin hopes people will see the new businesses that have come in and what downtown has to offer. Thompson says, "A lot of our history started right here in downtown and that's what we want the people to remember. Yes we have all these other places that we can go and shop now but at one time downtown was the only place that we could shop." Now organizers hope East Texans will continue coming downtown even though the Hoedown is over.