Health Authority, city leaders halt Lakefest 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns

  • Lakefest 2020 is cancelled due to fears about the coronavirus.
    Lakefest 2020 is cancelled due to fears about the coronavirus.

Special to The Highlander

Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce today, July 14,  announced the cancellation of Lakefest 2020 originally scheduled to take place on July 25 and 26. Lakefest organizers, health and local officials made the united decision based on the recent rapid spread of COVID-19 in Central Texas. Tickets purchased for the event will be refunded.

While it appears that Burnet County is at a manageable stage regarding COVID-19, that will likely not be the case if there is a large gathering like Lakefest," said Burnet County Health Authority, Dr. Juliette Madrigal. “The last thing we want is to put Burnet County residents and surrounding communities at a greater risk of spreading this virus.”

Marble Falls Mayor John Packer said, “Lakefest has been an event for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the boat race followed by enjoying the restaurants and amenities Marble Falls has to offer. However, this decision was made with the best interest of our community, volunteers, participants and spectators to protect them from potential exposure to COVID-19."

Dragboat race organizers also commented.

“Each year, we look forward to bringing Lakefest to Marble Falls, Texas, but protecting participants, volunteers and the community is paramount,” said David Carroll, series director of the Southern Drag Boat Association. “A tremendous amount of work has gone into preparing for this event therefore we are thankful for the many sponsors, volunteers, participants and the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce and local community who have made Lakefest such a memorable event.

"While canceling Lakefest 2020 is disappointing for fans and participants, we know that our love of the sport doesn’t compare to the importance of protecting the health and safety of everyone involved.”

Jarrod Metzgar, Executive Director of Marble Falls and Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau said he looks forward to next year's event.

“We are saddened to have had to cancel Lakefest 2020 as it is an event that community members and visitors look forward to year after year," Metzgar said. "It is our hope that although we must remain apart for now, we will be able to come back better than ever for Lakefest 2021.”