Hurricane Harvey was a big one. The residents of Rockport however are resilient, and they stood together, rebuilding the community in a year. Businesses are reopened and the community is stronger than ever. It’s truly amazing. The VFW and local organizations have all come together to fundraise and rebuild.
The larger Rockport community is intact and moving towards a thriving future.
Returning to the Events
Rockport is an active community and the busy events schedule is a key part of the culture. Seeing the monthly and annual events return in full force is a major sign that the community is rebounding.
The annual sailing regatta is a big one as the sailboats are back in the bay and people have returned to the water. The art scene is back in full swing with rotating displays and the Rockport-Fulton Market days are back in action.
The famous Oysterfest supported big crowds again. If you are in town during the month of March, be sure to check it out. It is sponsored by the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department and serves as a salute to the tasty bi-valve found in the local waters. Oysterfest features carnival rides, games, food, an oyster eating contest, live music, unique vendor booths and most of all – FUN! Money raised at the event goes towards Equipment, Training, & Maintenance. This event is a great example of how the community comes together to help each other as Oysterfest proceeds are the major source of funding for life-saving and fire fighting equipment in the community.
The post Hurricane Harvey event schedule is every bit as loaded as pre-hurricane. In fact, things are seemingly busier with a ton of new art activities and community events to entertain all ages.
Check out this Great Events Calendar for some fun options!
The local and federal facilities received a major blow, just like every structure and business in the community. Even though the visitor center at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge was damaged beyond repair, the Refuge built an entirely new visitor center across from the old structure.
Federal, state and municipal buildings all have reopened or rebuilt to resume normal operations. Some of these facilities and businesses are critical for everyday operations and public services within the community. Many of the employees are also productive residents in the region and they contribute to the vibrant Rockport events.
The schools were also shut down after the hurricane and students were relocated to other schools in nearby regions. The schools are back open and students have resumed normal schedules.
Back in Business
Getting a business back up and running after a devastating storm is a major challenge that Rockport has risen to.
Flats Fish Texas is one of the many businesses that are ready to show visitors a good time. Their professional guide services give you an up-close and personal experience with Rockport wildlife. Intimate waters, back lakes, creeks, and some unbelievably skinny clear water, make for a one of a kind Sight casting experience on the middle coast. It is saturated with Coastal Live Oak Trees, spartina grass and so much more, it holds the largest migratory bird population in the world, such as the endangered Whooping Cranes. You might even catch a sight of Wild hogs cooling off in the mud along the banks as you pole by the occasional Whitetail deer.
There are many great events and tours to keep you busy as you experience the warmth and resilience of this community that has bounced back with vigor after Hurricane Harvey.