Like a rocket blasting off into space, 11-year-old Austin Silva’s chalk art design was inspired by his hope that SpaceX will build a spaceport in Cameron County.
His father, Mario, held an umbrella over his son, shading his eyes as the boy sketched out a rocket with a Texas flag in the background.
Austin was among at least 50 people of all ages by 11:30 a.m. Saturday who turned out to Dean Porter Park for the fifth annual Chalk Art fundraiser for the Children’s Museum of Brownsville.
“I learned from my school about the rockets that might come to Brownsville,” he said. “So, I’m doing that.”
Because he is a little curious about space and SpaceX, Austin Silva said he decided his composition would show his interest and support.
Mario Silva said it’s his son’s fourth time participating, and it’s an event that the two plan to continue to go to as Austin Silva grows up.
Children’s Museum Executive Director Felipe Peña said the popular event attracts families, children, teenagers and adults because of the fun and countless prizes, like four tickets to Schlitterbahn in the children’s category, $150 for first place in the youth division and $250 for adults.
While some children could be seen bouncing around using chalk as pretend microphones to sing and dance to music blaring over loudspeakers, the adults were busily arranging their chalk and preparing designs.
Meanwhile, Eduardo Cordova, 16, was carefully sketching out a horse.
“This is the first time I’ve done this,” he said, not looking up from his drawing. “I really like to draw horses.”
Cordova wasn’t eligible for any of the prizes because he spends his time volunteering at the Children’s Museum.
Peña said the event is a big deal for the Children’s Museum and contributes to it keeping its doors open and providing services and programs.
“I really consider the museum a real gem in the Valley and in Brownsville,” he said. “The first thing people say when they come to Brownsville is, ‘Oh my God, I never knew this was here!’”
Mark Reagan writes for The Brownsville Herald. He can be reached at email@example.com.