Moo-La Fest, Texstar Ford Summer Concert Series canceled as uncertainty of pandemic lingers.


A sky filled with hot air balloons during last year's Moo-La Fest. PHOTO COURTESY JULIE SMITH

By SARA VANDEN BERGE

For the first time in 20 years, the popular Texstar Ford Summer Concert Series will not take place.

As uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, city officials are having to make some tough calls, deciding to cancel some big events that take a lot of planning.

Doug Montgomery, owner of Texstar Ford, said he hopes to reschedule the concert series, which takes place every year at Stephenville City Park, in September or October.

Moo-La Fest is also on hold.

“It was decided last week to cancel our 2020 Moo-La Fest. It was not an easy decision for our city council, but the health and safety of our community is our highest priority,” said Julie Smith with the Stephenville Tourism and Visitors Bureau. “We are already making plans for the 2021 Moo-La Fest, and it will be bigger and better than ever.”

UPDATE ON OTHER ACTIVITIES:

• Fourth of July: Not all the news is bad. The city is still planning to host some festivities on July 4th, including the annual parade.

Jennifer Basham, the city’s director of community services, said the Rec Hall will begin taking parade entry forms on May 18.

• The Stephenville Public Library will begin curbside checkouts on May 18, and will open to the public June 1. • The Rec Hall will open to the public at 25% capacity on May 18 and the city will offer a modified summer camp program. • Batting cages and outdoor basketball courts will also open May 18, while playgrounds, restrooms, ball fields and pavilions will remain closed.

• There will be no summer sport leagues, including swim, track and adult softball.

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