CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – Covering Katy News was first to report that the City of Katy would be taking over sponsorship and hosting the Rice Harvest Festival which was formerly operated by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce and now we’ve learned there will be a new name for the event. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted the Katy Rice Harvest Festival for many years but has recently confirmed it will not be putting on the festival moving forward. The Chamber owns the name Rice Harvest Festival so the event will take on a slightly different name.
A press release issued late Thursday morning by the City of Katy called the new festival The City of Katy Rice Festival. As Covering Katy reported on Wednesday, the festival will remain in downtown historic Katy on the second weekend of October.
“Because the City of Katy feels this festival is of significant importance to our community, we would like to see the tradition continue, with a slight name change and restored focus,” the press release said.
“Our goal is to bring the festival back to its original form,” said Mayor Chuck Brawner. “It will be a family-orientated event with only quality arts and craft vendors, live music, excellent food and drinks and fun for the whole family – an event that the City of Katy, our residents and businesses and visitors would be proud of.”
The City of Katy is now working on the logistics. It was not announced if there will be scholarships involved in revenue generated by the festival as has been the case in previous years.
“We plan to partner with area civic groups, local downtown businesses, influential Katy residents and key sponsors to make the 2018 festival – and hopefully many years to come – a success for the Katy community,” the press release said. “More information on the festival will be released as the details are formalized in the coming weeks.”
If you are interested in getting involved via sponsorship, volunteering or for questions or comments, contact Kayce Reina, the City of Katy’s Director of Tourism & Marketing, directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 281-391-8653.