Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce

Tue
15
Aug

LakeFest a roaring success

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

Drag boats fairly leap from the water and down the quarter liquid race track of Lake Marble Falls during LakeFest. Check the winners in this story and see photos and videos of the event on the The-Highlander Facebook page. Like us and keep up with all the news.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The 26th annual LakeFest was a success on all fronts.

The roar of engines that echoes from Lake Marble Falls up and down the Highland Lakes on the second weekend of August each year has become familiar, but the attraction seems to grow.

“We saw more of everything,” said Patti Zinsmeyer, executive director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, host of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races on Lake Marble Falls, Aug. 11-13.

“We saw more entries—112 this year. “We saw far more people. The Spectator crowds were bigger each day compared to past years. Lakeside Park was packed.

“We estimate, over the three days, there were more than 25,000 spectators. That is not counting all the families and crew members for the racers or people who watch from the bridge or homes or places like Riverview RV park on the south side of the lake.”

Fri
11
Aug

Hear the roar? Drag boats exceeding 250 mph on Lake Marble Falls all weekend

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Safety checks takes place in Johnson Park before an entry is ready for LakeFest Drag Boat Races, underway through Sunday, Aug. 13, on Lake Marble Falls. Driver of the entry Nitrochondriac, Bryan Sanders of Houston, left, goes over the list with Matt Schubauer of Lucas Oil, corporate sponsor of the race. Sanders is the driver that pushed to the world elapsed time (ET) record of 3.38 seconds at 268 mph.

Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Bryan Sanders of Houston calls it as “quite a rush” and “hard to describe,” while Daryl Ehrlick of Round Rock says it is “terror and pleasure at the same time.”

Sanders and Ehrlick are drivers in the 2017 LakeFest Drag Boat Races, today through Sunday, Aug. 11-13,

the 26th year of the races. Both will be driving Top Fuel Hydroplane boats. Ehrlick’s is called “Problem Child.”

Tue
14
Feb

Mayor goes 'live' at Starbucks

Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, right, answers questions from citizens on Feb. 10 when the Coffee with the Mayor series resumed at Starbucks. Bringing questions online, live, from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce are Erin Burks, director of marketing and tourism, left, and Tony Flores, digital and social media coordinator.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Coffee with the Mayor drew more questions in the digital realm than actual takers for a free cup of Starbucks Feb. 10.

Since the informal chats with Marble Falls Mayor John Packer began last year, the coffee klatches have gone live on the Internet.

That may mean questions are a little more direct, but there was plenty of extra information gained.

“Well, 'When will Chick-fil-A open,' is the question I'm asked most often,” said Packer.

The answer to that—around the first of May—was shared with Christian Fletcher, executive director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation.

Packer was more circumspect about the potential for a Panda Express for Marble Falls--“They have been looking at the area. However, he said work is set to begin soon on the new Burger King site on the southwest corner of the intersection of US 281 and Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Wed
18
Jan

Depot opens to CARTS

Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) Interurban Bus Service is welcomed to the old depot on US 281 at a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the City of Marble Falls and the  Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce  on Friday, Jan 13. See all the photos on The-Highlander Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2jA8Beg

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The newly refurbished Marble Falls Depot officially became a station for Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) on Friday, Jan. 13.

The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce was host to officials from around the region, as CARTS will be making the depot at 801 US 281 part of it's Interurban Service, linking passengers to Austin and points beyond.

“We were honored with the local interest and support we received from the community, the Chamber, the City of Marble Falls and elected officials at our Depot opening today,” said CARTS General Manager David L. Marsh. “Today is just a start, but from here we can begin our role as a local partner with the community to meet its transportation needs. We look forward to the opportunity.”

The depot will become a regular stop Jan. 17, but the interior will not be open to the public for just a bit yet.

Fri
09
Dec

Blue Santa, Christmas Market set for Saturday

Karen Knott Anderson makes a donation to Blue Santa at Walmart. Operation Blue Santa, a program of the Marble Falls Police Department, collects new unwrapped Christmas gifts and donations for the longstanding benevolent program Highland Lakes Christmas for Kids, Inc. The big Blue Santa event for kids entertainment and donations will be Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. while Christmas Market on Main is underway on Main Street.

Blue Santa, Christmas Market set for Saturday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Two special Marble Falls events will be going on in the central city Saturday, Dec. 10—one for shopping and the other for giving.

Christmas Market on Main, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. will line the historic Main Street boulevard with great gift selection extras and holiday treats.

Blue Santa will be making his big appeal from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Johnson Park on Avenue J and the event is aimed especially at enjoyment for children.

The Marble Falls Police Department is challenging the city to fill a police car with gifts and donations for families in need. But bounce houses, games and chances to meet police officers, much like National Night Out, are planned for kids who come to meet the actual Santa in Blue.

Fri
12
Aug

LakeFest honors Fry as competition begins

By Lew K. Cohn

and Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Water will be spraying hard and fast when drag boats zip across Lake Marble Falls this weekend during the 25th annual LakeFest, but it will be hard for pilots not to be reminded the tragic accident that claimed the life of veteran racer Mike Fry last year.

A tribute was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, to remember Fry and honor his fellow drivers. The festival kicks off in earnest today, Friday, Aug. 12, with qualifying rounds starting at 9 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon.

Competitors and fans alike especially will miss that one entry not in this year's field. Fry, pilot of the Meanstreak II, a Top Alcohol Hydro (TAH) boat, died around 10:30 a.m on Aug. 9, 2015, after his boat disintegrated at the end of a run.

Tue
05
Jul

25th LakeFest gets a logo

The spirit of 25 Years of LakeFest dragboat racing have been captured in logo form by a Minnesota graphic artist, Stephen Dorsey.

Glynis Crawford Smith

THE HIGHLANDER

A Minnesota graphic artist has claimed the prize for creating a 25th Anniversary of LakeFest logo.

Stephen Dorsey, who produces freelance artistic creations under the name Dorsey Design, submitted the winning entry for promotion of the Lake Marble Falls event that takes place Aug. 12 – 14 this summer.

The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce sponsored the logo contest, awarding Dorsey a $200 cash prize and two Top Eliminator Club tickets worth $350.

Fri
06
May

MayFest promises fun for all at Johnson Park

 By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor

 

The countdown is on for the annual MayFest, to be held at historic Johnson Park in Marble Falls from May 11-14.

This year's MayFest promises to be better than ever as there are a number of fun events for children and adults alike as well as music, contests and the MayFest carnival.

Wed
06
Apr

Market on H celebrates formal opening

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce hosts a ribbon cutting at a reception Wednesday, April 6, to introduce the city to the new Market on H building at 206 Avenue H in Marble Falls.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH
THE HIGHLANDER

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