Hope Fest 2021

Kids climb an inflatable maze with a slide Saturday during Hope Fest at Riverside Park in Victoria.

Taking in the sights and sounds of peppy music, cheers from a hotly-contested beach volleyball match and the exclamations of kids navigating an inflatable maze and slide, Natalie Williams felt a feeling of accomplishment.

“It is a great thing to get to help put this on,” said Natalie, 13, of Victoria.

Jodi Sandoval, the founder of Teens Grounded, a charity organization that helps organize Hope Fest, talks about the event's history and scheduled activities in Riverside Park on Saturday.

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Chase covers breaking news, crime and courts for the Advocate. He can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or at @chasedrogers on Twitter.

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Chase writes about crime and courts for the Victoria Advocate. He grew up in the Dallas–Fort Worth area before attending Texas State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism.

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