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Western Days and Rocktober cancelled

Post Date:July 07, 2020

 Update, July 24.

The City of Lewisville is moving forward with plans to present the annual Western Days festival as a one-day virtual event on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

The festival will originate from the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater and will feature live musical acts, cooking demonstrations, other western-themed performances, and the 16th annual World Tamale Eating Championship sponsored by Market Street. The program will be streamed live on the city’s website, social media sites, and government-access cable channel.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on large public gatherings, no audience members will be allowed inside MCL Grand. Everyone is invited to watch the stream and enjoy such Western Days crowd favorites as the Legends of Texas gunfighters and the Indigenous ACE dancers.

A headline musical act will be named at a later date. That headline act will perform in the Main Performance Hall. Musical acts that normally would perform on the Huffines stage or the Bendt 5 stage will perform in the Black Box Theater. Right now, the plan is to hold the tamale contest in the MCL Grand classrooms.

Updates will be posted on lewisvillewesterndays.com as plans are confirmed.

The City of Lewisville has cancelled all in-person events for its annual Western Days festival and Rocktober concert series, due in large part to COVID-19 concerns.

Original story:

Lewisville City Council unanimously voted to cancel the events at Monday night’s meeting, citing the safety and well-being of staff, vendors, entertainers, and visitors. Council was presented numerous safety precautions and money-saving options that might have preserved the events, but Council worried the gatherings might create health and safety risks even with these measures in place.

This decision to cancel these events was impacted by the Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order that prohibits outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people, unless approved by the Mayor. Council also noted one big challenge is not knowing what will happen with the governor’s order between now and Sept. 25, when Western Days was scheduled to begin.

Council has asked the special events team to bring back a proposal for a digital Western Days celebration this year. Western Days has roots dating back to 1965 and is considered Lewisville’s signature event. The two-day festival regularly draws more than 25,000 visitors.

City staff recommended the cancellation of the Rocktober concert series, originally scheduled on Tuesday nights in October, if Western Days was cancelled because it’s unlikely health conditions will have improved greatly between the two scheduled events.

City staff is now reviewing all possible options for Old Town Holiday Stroll, scheduled for Saturday, December 5, in Old Town Lewisville.

The special events team is expected to present a plan for a digital Western Days and Rocktober concert series to Council later this summer. Once a decision is made, updates will be posted at lewisvillewesterndays.com, as well as all the City social media sites.