Burnet Eclipse Festival canceled early due to possible bad weather

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By journalsofus.com

BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – The Texas Total Eclipse Festival in Burnet will end early Monday due to a potential threat of severe weather in the area, according to an announcement in the festival website and social media. The notice was also posted online by the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office.

“We regret to inform you of the severe weather forecast, including risks of high winds, tornado activity, large hail and thunderstorms later today, including during the eclipse, Tuesday and Wednesday,” the festival said in a statement.

Citing safety as a top priority, and “with the support and coordination of Burnet County officials, local law enforcement agencies, and the National Weather Service,” the announcement went on to say that festival organizers have agreed to end the festival early. on Monday, in a “calm and orderly manner.”

KXAN Meteorologist Rich Segal said Burnet’s weather looks dry on Monday. Any precipitation would be light and no storms or severe weather are expected on Monday. Future clouds and radar show rain between 3-5 a.m. Tuesday, with some non-severe thunderstorms possible after 8-9 a.m., and then again Tuesday night.

The five-day festival was scheduled to last until Tuesday.

At least 30,000 people flocked to the small town of Burnet to attend the festival. The sheriff’s office said it expects traffic in the county to begin later Monday morning or early afternoon and asked people in the area to be patient and avoid making unnecessary trips.

Festival organizers advised attendees who want to beat traffic to leave early, but noted they can stay to watch the eclipse Monday afternoon if they pack up and are prepared to leave after totality.

The partial eclipse begins in Burnet at 12:17 pm and the total eclipse begins at 1:34 pm. The total duration will be 4 minutes and 20.4 seconds.

Festival organizers gave the following guidance in light of the early cancellation:

  • Please start packing and prepare to leave camp as soon as possible.
  • Prioritize safety and responsible driving when leaving the premises, following traffic regulations and weather warnings.
  • All programming and performances for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled.
  • No additional guests will be allowed into the venue.
  • Round-trip transfers to and from the venue are cancelled.
  • Our team is coordinating transportation services and organizing groups for an orderly departure.
  • You will soon receive an email with a partial refund policy, with details and dates.
  • We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this process. Rest assured, we are dedicated to your security and will provide you with continuous updates.

The announcement also noted that guidance may change depending on the weather.

If you have any special circumstances or ADA needs, you can call the festival organizers at 561-247-3339 for assistance.

The festival has received complaints from locals and musicians who were scheduled to perform. Some nearby residents said they were dealing with the noise of the music all night.

“The main complaints we’ve received so far have been noise complaints,” Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd told KXAN on Sunday. “They have bands playing all night, which we didn’t really notice. That really wasn’t part of the permit process…in the county, we don’t really have rules. There is a certain amount of decibels, but it is quite loud. So we don’t really have much leverage to close them.”

Boyd also said they approved the permit for the event and had been in talks with organizers since Sunday to see if they could stop the loud music after midnight.

In addition to the experience for festival attendees, an artist expressed concern regarding accommodation. KXAN reached out to event organizers about all concerns. They responded with a statement, saying in part that they were “actively communicating with local agencies and our neighbors about our music” and that they had “already reduced the impact and would continue to work to make adjustments.”

Jala Washington contributed to this report.

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