So many good things just did not happen in 2020 — including the 40th birthday celebration of the City of Humble’s Good Oil Days.
“After an incredible festival in 2019, we had high hopes for our 40th in 2020, but understandably, we had to cancel,” said Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, and the City of Humble’s chief Good Oil Days party planner.
There is no way an event this special could be canceled for 2021. Wooden is planning a “2020 Reboot for 2021.”
“We’re doing a ‘40th Annual Good Oil Days — Take Two,’ and I promise you, it’ll be a heck of a party,” said Wooden.
The party happens on Main Street in historical downtown Humble April 10. The street festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by, not one but two, street parties.
Good Oil Days is a family-friendly tradition when historic downtown Main Street becomes “festival central.” Hundreds of families and their friends celebrate the good ole days when oil was discovered on Moonshine Hill and Humble became an overnight boomtown and the birthplace of what eventually became Exxon Mobil.
“We are so grateful to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and The Tribune, our visionary wildcatter sponsors, and the Northeast Hospital Authority, our tycoon sponsor,” said Wooden. “We have so many other local businesses supporting us, too. They all recognize what an extraordinary event we created for our Lake Houston community in 2019 and they were willing to stand with us in 2021 for what I promise will be an exceptional event.”
More than 60 fascinating vendors and tantalizing food trucks will be stationed up and down Main Street. Kids of all ages will enjoy the always-free kids zone, packed with lots of fun attractions, a petting zoo, live entertainment and, most important, as much cotton candy as any kid could eat.
One of Good Oil Days’ top attractions is back … the famous plant sale.
“I know how many people come for the plants — but stay for the festival,” Wooden said. “I assure you; the great winter freeze didn’t affect any of our potted plants. They’ll be on sale for $12 while they last.”
Once again, The Tribune Newspaper is sponsoring the exceedingly popular “plant valet,” free “plant-sitting” so plant purchasers can enjoy the festival without dragging baskets of flowers up and down Main Street.
Wooden promises that the oil boom raffle will happen in all its glory with cash prizes every hour. The grand prize oil boom, sponsored by Mittag Manor, gushes at 7 p.m.
“Down at what we’re calling the West End, we’ll have “beer, bugs and bands,” teased Wooden, in other words, “a beer tent, a crawfish trailer and live entertainment playing far into the night.”
As promised, as the vendors pack up and the kids leave the kids zone, there will be two street parties.
“The Roughneck Roundup, sponsored by Humble Sign Company, is our pre-party — the party before the street dance,” explained Wooden. “The pre-party begins at 4 p.m. featuring a signature cocktail you’ve got to try that we call ‘oil field trash.’ A live deejay will spin the tunes while we host a few fierce competitions and tons of giveaways.”
When the deejay spins the last tune at 5:59 p.m., a live band takes over as the free street dance begins. Partygoers can dance far into the night — or until the party ends at 9 p.m.
“This is the daylong party that we all missed out on last year, but not this year,” Wooden said. “We’re finally going to get to celebrate Good Oil Days’ 40th anniversary, and we are so grateful to all our sponsor-supporters who make this festival such a grand, family-friendly event every year.”