Sugar Land celebrates art, culture and kites at Brazos River Park


The grounds of Brazos River Park welcomed happy patrons for a colorful kite and art festival on Saturday, March 26.

Kites, chalk art and food trucks all made a victorious return after a two-year pandemic-pause, as did numerous games and rides. Residents showed off their skills at the various competitions.

This year’s event drew nearly 5,000 people, said Kimberly Terrell, assistant director for Sugar Land Parks and Recreation.

“It’s been amazing,” said Terrell. “The crowd was phenomenal, the kites are beautiful, the music is great. This is definitely our biggest kite festival yet. We have two different stages this year, more vendors, the amazing Ferris wheel — but I think that people are just ready to come outside.”

Sugar Land firefighters and paramedics were present, ready to respond in case of emergencies.

“We have our emergency response vehicle here,” said Steve Wilhelm from Sugar Land Fire Station 3. “We are prepared to help in the event of an emergency. We have stickers for the kids and public education materials such as brochures on fire safety.”

The annual International Art and Kite festival, a highlight for the Sugar Land community, is a celebration of culture, community, art, music, and food.

Councilors Carol McCutcheon and Suzanne Whatley praised Sugar Land Parks and Rec. as well as the sponsors and performers for organizing the event.

“The weather was beautiful, and the wind was just right for flying kites,” said McCutcheon. “The turnout was amazing! Besides the kite-flying, my favorite part was seeing so many families and friends outdoors in the beautiful sunshine enjoying all the fun activities!”

“It was an absolute joy to see so many families and friends together enjoying so many activities on a beautiful day,” said Whatley. “There was excitement mixed with relaxation — people chilling on blankets while others climbed, rode and navigated through activities and still others worked magic in the sky making their kites dance. Memorable and wonderful! It was the first event like this for many people, including me- it certainly will not be the last.”

This year’s competition winners include:

Chalk Art

  1st : Rithwika S.

  2nd : Prajakti

  3rd : Nilah Carr

Highest Flying Kite

  1st : Wen Miao

Largest Kite

  1st : Ming Zo

Smallest Kite

  1st : Liam Wong

  2nd : Vanessa See

Most Unique Kite

  1st : Carmela Rubio

  2nd : Hany Sewi Lam and Mico Loh

  3rd : David Cramer

Food Vendor

  1st : Gelu Italian Ice

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