Written by Jess Paniszczyn
With fanfare, bounce houses, balloon animals and a spirit of adventuresome fun, Valley Ranch residents welcomed 90,000 lady bugs to their neighborhood during the 10 annual Lady Bug Release on June 1. Members of the Valley Ranch Homeowners Association, the event’s sponsor and coordinator, handed out small jars so children and families could take home the lady bugs, which serve as a natural pesticide, and release them in their own lawns and gardens.
“This year we have made the event bigger,” said Jessica Hughes, Lifestyle Director for the Valley Ranch Homeowners' Association. “We are expecting about 100 people this year.
“It is the first weekend in June every year, and people love it. So many people tell us that they enjoy being here, and it is great for the kids. People come out and mingle with their neighbors. It is a great community event.