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Record-breaking crowds attended this year’s Nature Fest, held April 28 in Bridgeland, with more than 7,000 people wild to see a 600-pound white tiger, dancing butterflies in giant bubbles, and the community’s new mascot, Bridgeland Bill. The Staples Safari Animal Magic and Primarily Primates shows were popular with crowds, with throngs of children and adults enthralled by the animal antics. Birds of Prey, which has appeared all five years during Nature Fest, is a perennial favorite, and making a repeat appearance this year were The Drum Café and the Crocodile Encounter. New to the event were the Butterfly Spheres from Los Angeles, elaborately costumed dancers who appeared in clear vinyl spheres. Bridgeland also debuted Bridgeland Bill, who posed for pictures and entertained children throughout the day.

Other activities included the Fresh Pickings Farmers Market, a petting zoo, pony rides, baby camel rides, inflatables, a miniature train ride, a climbing rock wall, outdoor laser tag, and a children’s arts and crafts area that raised more than $2,000 for Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County. HomeAid Houston also sold raffle tickets for its elaborate Project Playhouse, a replica of Minute Maid Stadium that was on display during Nature Fest.

“We really wanted to do something special for the fifth anniversary of Nature Fest, and with an expanded slate of entertainers and the introduction of Bridgeland Bill, we did just that,” says Peter Houghton, vice president of master-planned communities. “We are thrilled that so many people came out to spend the day with us.”

Throughout the years, more than 22,000 people have attended Nature Fest, which has raised nearly $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visit www.bridgeland.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.