The 62nd annual Highlands Jamboree is fast approaching, as organizers prepare to celebrate the progress and resiliency of its residents since Hurricane Harvey inundated the community over a year ago.
The “Happy Days” in Highlands event will be on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Highlands Elementary campus, 200 E. Wallisville Road.
“We want to celebrate because it is happy days here again,” Jessica Woods, executive director of the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, said. “We are moving forward, working to rebuild and growing in a positive way.”
The event once again includes a 5K fun run/walk at the San Jacinto Community Center, 604 Highlands Woods Drive, that will start at 7 a.m. The top three best times in the youth and adult category will receive awards.
A parade follows the run a
10 a.m. on Main Street in Highlands. The parade will go from East Houston Street south to Jones Road and will consist of community leaders, organizations and Miss Highlands contestants.
“It’s the best parade on this side of the city,” Woods said.
The Craft Fair Expo will follow at 11 a.m. at Highlands Elementary. At 1 p.m. they will have the children’s pageants.
The event will also have a silent auction, raffle, vendors, food and more. The jamboree is free and open to the public.
The Highlands Jamboree originally started 62 years ago to celebrate the grand opening of Highlands State Bank, now known as National Bank, who supports the event.
“They initially brought together the community to celebrate the growth and the moving forward of the community,” Woods said.
The Highlands Jamboree also serves as a fundraising event for the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is accepting sponsorships for the event. If interested or if you have questions about the event, call the chamber office at 281-426-7227 or Woods at 713-851-5746.