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Marble Falls LakeFest moves to May

Marble Falls LakeFest

The LakeFest drag-boat races on Lake Marble Falls will now take place in May, rather than August. Photo by William Brown

LakeFest is coming early to Marble Falls in 2022. The annual event, which is hosted by the Marble Falls/Highland Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place May 21-22 at Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive.  

You can purchase tickets on the chamber website when they go on sale. The event will serve as the kickoff race for the Southern Drag Boat Association’s 2022 season

In past years, LakeFest has taken place toward the end of the summer, drawing crowds from across the state to watch the boat races. Late-summer winds, however, have caused some difficulties for the event, explained chamber Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar. This factor played a role in changing the date.

“We’re excited about the date change,” Metzgar said. “We feel like it’s a better time of year for us to race on the lake due to wind issues we’ve experienced previously.” 

The chamber expects the earlier date to be permanent moving forward. 

The change also ensures LakeFest will not be interrupted by construction on the Marble Falls Hotel and Conference Center, which should begin in June. Once underway, the project will sit on roughly 3 acres of land along Yett Street and the Marble Falls lakefront. 

LakeFest now will be the third Marble Falls event held in May. The Howdy-Roo chili cookoff is scheduled for the first weekend of the month in Lakeside Park, and Marble Falls MayFest is May 4-7 in Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J. 

“May will end up being a pretty neat month for the city,” Metzgar said. 

LakeFest’s free Show and Shine is Friday, May 20. The chamber is also working on several community partnerships to add to the excitement of this year’s event. Details will be shared on the chamber website as they are solidified.

brigid@thepicayune.com

2 thoughts on “Marble Falls LakeFest moves to May

  1. So, the Howdy Roo Chili cook-off is going to be held at Lakeside Park now? The same weekend as the Mayfest in Johnson Park? Who made this schedule? I enjoy judging chili and bbq during the Chili cook-off-it’s an all day affair. I also enjoy the day at the Mayfest–this scheduling creates a conflict–and I’m sure I am not the only one that doesn’t agree with this schedule.

  2. Much better time of year…anyone remember the EF3 tornado on May 13, 1994?? Spring storms…are pretty frequent. The only good thing is it probably won’t be as hot.

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