Hope Fest

Hope Fest 2019 will feature live music, games, food and other attractions just as previous years. The event is free.

Hope Fest is about more than giving Victoria teens a good time.

Although the free outdoor Victoria event will offer a day of live music, games, food, raffling, sports, dancing and more, it also aims to communicate a simple but important message to Victoria youths.

“It’s trying to say ‘You matter, you are valued, and we love you,’” said organizer Jodi Sandoval, who serves as president and director for Teens Grounded, a Victoria nonprofit that is hosting the event.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, middle school and junior high students are invited to enjoy a day of fun at Riverside Park free of charge. This year’s event marks the third Hope Fest in Victoria.

Live music will be provided by Nation of Believers, A-Ron, I Am Driven, Young Disciples, Joshua Simmons, This is Rill and more.

Victoria Crime Prevention Officer John Turner said he and at least four other officers will invite kids to participate in their “dunk a cop” game.

At the dunking booth, participants will have three chances to plunge a Victoria police officer deep into a tank of water.

“You can watch us make fools of ourselves,” said Turner, who added that the department will also offer a drunk-goggle cornhole game and crime prevention information.

Turner said the department in part decided to support and participate in the event to show Victoria youths that police are not the bad guys.

Apart from community events, most residents, he said, come into contact with police in less than ideal situations.

“We are trying to bring a little more positivity to the community and hopefully develop some positive relationships,” he said, adding, “We are folks just like everyone else.”

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.

Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Transparency. Your full name is required.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. And receive photos, videos of what you see.
Don’t be a troll. Don’t be a troll. Don’t post inflammatory or off-topic messages, or personal attacks.

Thank you for Reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.

To subscribe, click here. Already a subscriber? Click here.