Finishing touches put on Free Press Summer Fest

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Updated Friday, May 30 at 5:23 PM

HOUSTON—On Friday crews were putting the finishing touches on one of Houston’s biggest parties. The Free Press Summer Fest is this weekend.

The annual event will be held at Eleanor Tinsley Park along the Buffalo Bayou.

“You know this weekend is definitely going to be a banner year for us,” producer Omar Afra said.

As he can also tell you, the two-day event is huge. Last year nearly 100,000 attended. This year could top even that, as some of the biggest names in music take the stage.

“Jack White, Lauryn Hill, DMX,” Afra said.

But with its bigger stages and even bigger crowds, Houston may be a victim of its own success. When it began a few years back, the talent was mostly regional.

Today it is very much a national event and the preparation is intense.

“It’s thousands of people and it takes all year to plan,” Afra said. “And it’s amazing to see it all come together.”

Of course the wild card is always the weather and it often rains.

But music fan Joanne Blanco says she will be there, rain or shine.

“It cools people down, it’s good,” she said, “As long as it doesn’t pour.”

As in years past, there is once again rain in the forecast.

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