39th Good Oil Days renders itself blueprint for improvement
The Good Oil Days were grander in its 39th iteration.
City officials engineered a return of “The Blowout,” an occasion where part of Humble’s Main Street in front of Uptown Park became a dance floor on Friday. On Saturday, the venue transformed again to host the vendors and the characters from “Cars,” participating in the Family Street Festival.
“I’ve been here 20 years, and we didn’t have the street dance,” said Pat Gill, the Good Oil Days co-chair. “The festival has not been stellar for a few years, it hasn’t been the best, and we want to grow it.”
So Gill, together with Humble Civic Center Director Jennifer Wooden and City Manager Jason Stuebe, searched for ideas to recharge the event, which is designed to celebrate Humble’s layered past with oil dating back to the early 1800’s.
Wooden added that feedback from residents and local businesses also helped with the process. Stuebe concurred.
While Stuebe was aware that some of the newness introduced at this Good Oil Days might fare better than others, he said the festival couldn’t reman in its previous form.
“And anything we can do to bring people to downtown that otherwise wouldn’t come here on a Friday night is good for downtown Humble,” Stuebe said. “This is a very blue-collar town that’s very proud of its roots — and it should be — and so this is an opportunity for us to celebrate that while also looking toward the future.”
Mayor Merle Aaron expressed optimism about the whole event, noting that the weather was an improvement this year — warmer and sunnier — and that the event committee’s revamping strategy turned out great. He arrived right when the Louis Adams Diaz Band, opening for Jason Cassidy from New Caney, changed to a livelier number.
“The people are enjoying this, the people are dancing,” he said. “When the people are happy, the mayor is happy.”
He added that he will take note of the attendees’ reactions to the changes so subsequent Good Oil Days can be better. He won’t forget to enjoy the festivities, though.
“It makes us not just a spot on the map,” Gill said of Good Oil Days. “We are a city that’s welcoming and is saying, ‘Come see us — we’ll have a good time together.’”