Mark your calendar! April 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Good Oil Days will be on Main Street of Humble again. This fun event is for everyone. Come and enjoy entertainment, good food and shopping. The vendors who set up their wares on Main Street offer unique items for décor and gifts. Visiting the booths and viewing the collections which are offered for sale is an enjoyable activity. Add tasting the drinks which are available and consuming goodies from the food trucks to complete your day of fun. Don’t miss the Good Oil Days April 2.
The Good Oil Days has grown from the struggling events of the early 1980s. Main Street in Humble was teeming with businesses in the late 1970s and early 80s, but shoppers weren’t flooding the area. In September 1980, business owners met to discuss activities to bring more shoppers to the original business area of the town. Jerry Eversole, director of the chamber of commerce at the time, attended the meeting and expressed his doubt that anything would come from it. However, the Main Street Business Association was soon formed and activities began to take place.
The fall of 1980 was busy with a sidewalk sale in November and a window decorating contest in December. Also, one night in December had groups caroling in each block, and merchants serving wassail or eggnog and cookies while they remained open later. Santa Claus also came to Main Street that night. These new activities were exciting for “old Humble.”
In January 1981, the business association discussed more ideas for events on Main Street. A committee of four was selected to develop a festival for the street. During the discussion, the merchants expressed their desire to not use the word “old” in the name of their festival. After considering some history of the city and the effect of discovering oil in the area, the name “Good Oil Days” was chosen and plans were begun.
Since the idea of a festival was conceived in January and the event was to occur in April, the merchants were in a time crunch to develop ideas and secure performers to participate. A wonderful festival with performances by musicians, shows by dancers, and activities for children, along with both sides of Main Street lined with vendors selling their wares and businesses and organizations sharing their promotional goodies was enjoyed by all. The Main Street Business Association was proving to be a valuable asset to the historical shopping area.
A much larger committee planned the second Good Oil Days in 1982. In addition to the activities from the previous year, this festival included a silent auction to support the Humble Area Museum and a radio station broadcasting from the event for a few hours. Proud, supporting merchants were easily identified by their period clothing from the early 1900s. The day was filled with excitement and visitors who displayed their pleasure.
The 1983 Good Oil Days featured the vendors, entertainment, activities for the children and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the City of Humble charter. A huge cake that was decorated with the seal of the City of Humble and other designs representing the city’s history was on display in Town Hall and was served to visitors in the afternoon.
The Main Street Business Association disbanded a few years later. However, the Good Oil Days and the Christmas parade had become successful events. The Humble Area Chamber of Commerce chose to continue the festival and the City of Humble took charge of the Christmas parade.
So, mark your calendar and make plans to attend the Good Oil Days Saturday, April 2. Bring your kids, your cousins, or just yourself and enjoy the day exploring the business area of “old Humble” as well as the activities of the festival. Check goodoildays.com for more information about what is planned for you. Don’t miss the return of the Good Oil Days!