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Quefest concert, fireworks cancelled July 4th because forecast called for more thunderstorms

By J.J. Smith. The 4th of July fireworks and Tracy Lawrence/Charlie Robison concert at Quefest were cancelled last Sunday “in the interest of safety” because event organizers said the weather forecast called for the possibility of additional violent lightning and thunderstorms.

According to a news release  from leaders of the Rowlett Exchange Club, which organized the three-day festival at Elgin Robertson Park on Lake Ray Hubbard to raise funds for child abuse prevention and other local causes, violent storms had already seriously affected the Friday and Saturday portions of the event.

In the news release the leaders wrote that  the organizing committee met Sunday morning and, since the forecast included the possibility of additional lightning and thunderstorms, they felt compelled to cancel Sunday’s event in the interest of safety.

Thus far, leaders of the committee have not been ready to comment in person.

They wrote that they tried Sunday to publicize their decision through the media, their website and Facebook site.

They intend to communicate further about Sunday ticket sales and other issues as soon as they can.

Following is the complete news release, which is also posted on the Quefest website:

“Violent storms this past weekend seriously affected activities during the QueFest at Elgin B. Robertson Park on Lake Ray Hubbard.  Torrential downpours on Friday night forced the cancellation of Cory Morrow’s performance and limited Jonny Lang’s presentation to a 45 minute set.  The following day, 40-50 mph wind gusts pulled up tents, toppled canopies and knocked down fences throughout the festival grounds.”

“Given these significant incidents, the QueFest organizing committee met Sunday morning to assess conditions for last day of event.  After reviewing the current weather situation and expected outlook for the remainder of the day, which included the possibility of additional lighting and thunderstorms; the committee felt compelled in the interest of safety to cancel the remainder of the event. Upon making this decision, the committees sought to publicize this information through communication with sponsors, calls to suppliers, website and Face Book postings, emails and press releases to the media.”

“The committee saw foreshortening the QueFest event as being a proper course of action; given the risk and danger that could be encounter by attendees as well as its partners, suppliers, volunteers and members if they were to proceed with the originally planned schedule of events.”

“We greatly appreciate the all those who have supported the QueFest as patrons, partners, suppliers and volunteers.  And thank all involved for their efforts in support of this charitable effort.  As we work through issues surrounding Sunday’s cancellation; additional information will be communicated to all those involved with the QueFest event.”

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