Elida y Avante opened the event on Friday night, followed by crowd favorites Siggno with Los Palominos closing out the live music for the night.
The audience surged to more than 1,700 fans, which was way up from last year’s Winterfest’s Tejano night number of 1,200. The rodeo arena erupted with cheers and hollers all night long as each band went through their library of hits, both new and old.
At noon on Saturday, the Bee Auto Specialty 6th annual Car Show drew an impressive crowd, even though the morning brought heavy showers.
And the puddles were barely visible by the time the gates opened for the country show that night.
James Lann warmed up the stage before Bart Crow brought his mix of country and rock that filled the arena as crowds rushed in through the gates.
Kyle Park also rocked the already huge crowd for more than an hour, tearing through his hits before Kevin Fowler stepped on stage, sending the audience into a flurry.
Even though the number of attendees was down from Winterfest’s country night of 2,200 to 1,900, no could tell as the arena was packed with screaming fans who danced and sang the night away.
Summer Fest 2013 was an enormous event this year that can only get bigger. Next year, it’s likely to be more exciting and fun-filled than the last.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.