By Wendy Gragg

Killeen Daily Herald

Though rain and sticky humidity moved in by late afternoon, the weather held out long enough Saturday morning for families to get their fill of fun at Harker Heights Star Fest.

Clouds were ominous and thick over Carl Levin Park for much of the day, but the breeze that came with them had some people saying the weather was just right for the sixth annual event, put on by Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and the City of Harker Heights.

Actually the weather has turned out wonderful, if it stays overcast it will be the perfect day, said Paul Stringfellow, chair of the Harker Heights Ambassadors.

Stringfellow said last year, Star Fest carried on under a warm 95 degrees.

Weather reports didnt keep about 40 fishers from coming out for the childrens fishing tournament. Samantha Truitt, 10, was the big winner, hauling in a six and a half pound, 24 inch long catfish.

Across the park, children were having a different kind of fun in the Star Fest Pageant. Victoria Parker took the Tiny Miss title, Kaylynn Scott was Petite Miss, Brooke Grant was Little Miss and Cassie Gould was crowned Junior Miss. Elisha Evans was deemed Most Photogenic and Kaylynn Scott took the Best Attire award.

All across the park, the day belonged to the younger festival-goers, who took pony rides, stormed the several inflatables and had their faces painted.

Adults took advantage of the booths as well. Jim Gustitis, of Copperas Cove, even joined Eion Gustitis, 7, and Oran Gustitis, 11, in a freshly painted face.

Leslie Cook also got in on the family activities, helping his three children, Andreah, 7, Taylor, 5, and Leslie, 2, fly kites.

Its been a great day, Leslie, the dad, said. We thought it might rain, but we didnt worry.

Stringfellow said though numbers of festival-goers were slow in the morning, he was sure they would pick up through the day. He said, each year, as Star Fest grows and matures, it will hopefully draw not only people from Harker Heights, but Belton, Temple and surrounding areas as well.

Its really a neat way to get together with the city and provide something to the community that everybody enjoys, he said.

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