Yo Yao! Pilot club members plan big Community Fair

Members of the Highlands Pilot Club meet to plan the Community Fair at Highlands Elem.

HIGHLANDS– Months of planning will come to fruition this Saturday, as the Pilot Club holds their annual Community Fair at the Highlands Elementary School. Festivities start at 10 am, and last til 3 pm.

The event lasts all day, and brings food and fun to all ages of the community. Proceeds from the event are used by the club all year long to fund their community improvement projects, scholarships, and other worthwhile activities both local and national.

Fish dinners will be cooked and served for $7.00 presale, or $8.00 on Saturday. Cooking will be done by the Henderson cooking team.

Other highlights include 28 arts and crafts booths, games by the Boy Scouts, Live entertainment acts all day long, such as the popular Highlands Toe-Tappers, Pic and Grin band, a raffle, information booths, Highlands Volunteer Fire Department, and the Blood Mobile.

The Silent Auction includes two signed balls: one is a baseball signed by Nolen Ryan, and the other is a basketball signed by the Houston Rockets “big” star, Yao Ming. This item alone is expected to bring a lot of interest and a crowd of people.

Other activities that are ongoing during the day are prizes for baking contests, and health screenings. In years past, thousands of young and old from the community have turned out, and spent the day having a lot of fun and sharing community spirit.

Speaking at last week’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon, spokesperson Teresa Cashion enumerated the uses that the proceeds have been used for in the past, and will be devoted to in the future.
She mentioned that nationally, the Pilot Club supports mentally impaired adults, through the Pilot Club Foundation. At the local level, the club has been active and effective in getting improvements in service at the Post Office, including Saturday hours and more parking.
Working with the County and TxDot, and the city of Baytown, they have been able to get the intersection of I-10 and Crosby Lynchburg Road, known as “Four Corners” landscaped with trees, shrubs, walls, and ground cover.

They have held a “Clean-Up Highlands Day” twice annually, with the cooperation of the County.
New teachers receive gifts and a welcome from the Pilot Club, too.

In the center of town, visual improvements have included developing a grassed park on the railroad property at San Jacinto Street, and at Christmas time coordinating banners to decorate Main Street.

Teresa Cashion, who has the distinction of being the first Miss Highlands pageant winner, said that this is only some of the areas where the Pilot Club has been able to improve the community. She also mentioned that many of the accomplishments are in conjuction with other groups, such as the Rotary Club, the Chamber, and local government.
All of this was a prelude to pointing out that the community needs to support the Fair, and have a good turnout and a lot of fun.