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HobbyFest 2012 Taking Off at Hobby Airport

Family fun is once again landing at William P. Hobby Airport, as Hobby Fest 2012 gets underway on Saturday, April 21. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and features everything from up-close viewing of vintage aircraft to games and face painting for the children.

“HobbyFest is the link that connects businesses with community area schools, classrooms and students,” said Danny R Perkins, Chair, Greater Hobby Area Chamber of Commerce. “Through programs like HobbyFest, we will continue to create business-education partnerships that will transform our schools and develop the 21st century workforce.”

Admission is FREE with five (5) new pens or pencils donated to The Pencil Project. For more information on the program, visit A cook-off competition will also be held to determine who has the best chicken or brisket. Individuals can enter this competition with a $200 entry fee.

As part of this year’s event, the Allen T. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Committee invited participants to submit an abstract or paper, covering aviation related topics such as management, marketing, geography, operations, flight planning or a host of others. Judges reviewed those entries and awarded scholarship assistance to five contestants: Alejandro Muller-Karger, Edgar Moreno-Rodriguez, Micah Harper, Reginald Richardson and Jonathan Barrientos.

“Creating opportunities through HobbyFest for our young people will help us build stronger communities,” Perkins said. “We believe it is our responsibility as business leaders to invest in our youth, encouraging them to focus on education to build a promising future.”

A raffle will also be held featuring these and additional items:

Six (6) Roundtrip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines

Two (2) Roundtrip airline tickets from jetBlue Airways

Four (4) Tickets to Houston Astros game

Houston Airports would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity in supporting this event:

Silver level (donation of $5,000.00): HNTB, Kroger’s, Hudson Group, HAPMT, Houston Airports.

Bronze Sponsor level (donation of $2,500): Signature Flight Services, Southwest Airlines, Silver Eagle Distributors, Coca-Cola Company.

Airport Community Hero’s level (donation of $1,500): jetBlue, Flight Safety International.

Friend of Hobby level (donation of $1,000): ESC Polytech Consultants, Pappa’s

Helping Hand level (donation of $500): The Dixon Group, Lock and Key

Donations and Participation: Houston Airports, Houston Police Department, The Boy Scouts of America, Texas Department of Transportation, Shalom Health Ministry, The Colling’s Foundation, The Ensemble Theatre, Taste of Texas, The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa, Spaghetti Warehouse, Children’s Museum, Alley Theatre, Houston Symphony, A.D. Players, The Texans, Houston Live Stock and Rodeo Volunteers

Houston Airports served more than 49.9 million passengers in 2011. It is the 4th-largest multi-airport system in the U.S. and annually contributes more than $27 billion in positive economic impact to the Greater Houston Region

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