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City celebrates 125th annivesary in grand style

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

Deer Park celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding in grand style Saturday night. Families from across the community descended upon the South Campus for the rock stylings of 7 Mile Perimeter and headliner and rising country music star RaeLynn. US Rep Brian Babin also presented the city with a special proclamation.
BAbin CouncilUS Rep Brian Babin (center) presents a Congressional Record commerating the city's 125th anniversary to Deer Park City Council. Photo by Jon Thompson.

It was a celebration 125 years in the making and it did not disappoint.

Thousands of residents gathered at the outdoor venue in the Clyde Abshier Stadium parking lot for family events, food trucks and live music featuring Shell’s 7 Mile Perimeter and rising country music star RaeLynn.

The 23-year-old Baytown native has climbed to the top of country music charts since wowing national audiences on NBC’s The Voice.

“Anytime I can perform in Texas, I’m a happy girl. Being in Deer Park is just like coming home,” she said.

Her debut single “God Made Girls” went gold and was carried on an EP that reached No. 49 of the Billboard 200 and No. 7 on the top country album charts.

RaeLYnn2Country music star and Baytown native RaeLynn performs at the city of Deer Park's 125th celebration Saturday night. Thousands of residents attended the celebration that included a pop-up museum from Shell Deer Park, a food truck court and interactive games from the US Army. Photos by Jon Thompson.In 2016, RaeLynn released “Love Triangle” which kicked off her debut album WildHorse. This album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

Concert attendees ventured could venture through the Shell Experience, where visitors could see the history of more than 85 years of Shell Deer Park and how it intertwines with the history of Deer Park.

Plant General Manager Barry Klein said Shell’s involvement in the city’s 125th anniversary celebration was vital to the facility in that both the city and plant have grown and will continue to evolve with each other.

“It was so important to us that we got on board with the city’s celebration. We’ve always been together and watching the planning and execution of the 125th anniversary celebration is just another way Shell and the city work together for our community,” said Klein.

Although the celebration highlighted the city’s past, Klein said the Shell Experience shows off the plant’s future – a future that will keep Deer Park in Shell’s spotlight.

“Shell’s future is going to be all about how to have cleaner energy and the relationship that we have with the city of Deer Park will have to continue for many years,” he said. “It’s an overall fantastic relationship and it shows that good things happen when you get a community and industry working together.”

After Shell’s 7 Mile Perimeter band entertained with classic rock hits, US Rep. Brian Babin presented Mayor Jerry Mouton and city council with a Congressional Record congratulating the city on its 125th celebration.

“(Deer Park) is a wonderful community to be raising a family. It’s a productive community with lots of jobs. This is an All-American city,” said Babin as he presented the city with the Congressional Record.

Mouton said the celebration was the end result of a year’s worth of planning from a hard-working committee.

“This is the crescendo of the celebration. The committee did a fantastic job. It was well-planned and it looks like we have great turnout,” said Mayor Jerry Mouton.

Mouton said he walked through the Shell Experience where the history of the city and Shell’s relationship came to life.

“There were some important documents and artifacts that depict just how important Shell is to Deer Park. The city’s first mayor was a Shell employee and we both played a major part of each other’s growth,” Mouton said. “Seeing all of that brought this year together. There is so much emphasis on our history and there is going to be a lot of emphasis on our future together. We’ve come a long way to get to this point together.”

While the city celebrates its 125th anniversary, its leaders continue to look toward Deer Park’s future, Mouton said.

“The investments we make in our infrastructure and other areas today, future generations are going to be able to enjoy those fruits,” he said. “Those generations may not know what we went through today to make sure that their future is stable.”