SNOOK, Tex. (KBTX)- Chilifest 2019 is responding to Friday's backlash after ticket holders and teams learned outside alcohol would be banned from this year's event.
Organizers now say outside alcohol will be allowed on Friday night, but bagged drinks will not be permitted at anytime during the 2-day concert fundraiser in Snook.
NEW statement from Chilifest 2019:
Chilifest fans! We know some of you have expressed concerns about the implementation of Pre-Sale of alcohol and we value your opinions. The thousands of patrons that come out every spring are what makes this festival one of the most highly anticipated Texas country music festivals. We work closely with patrons of the event, and we always look to improve the experience of Chilifest fans. This, along with our charitable donations, are the two most important aspects of the event.
The benefit of Pre-Sale is having your beer and other alcoholic beverages, of a large variety of brands, brought to the grounds waiting for pickup by your team. All this, at a competitive per-case price similar to local stores. This option will still be available for Chilifest 2019 and we encourage teams to make use of this service. It is intended to create convenience, improve safety, and is one of our many initiatives aimed at raising additional money for the 35+ charities we donate to annually across the Brazos Valley. As a non-profit organization, this has and always will be important to us.
With that being said, Chilifest has decided to make Pre-Sale an option, and Friday, April 5th will still be BYOB as it has been in the past. We look forward to teams coming out and enjoying another great year, while utilizing both options available to them.
As always, the BYOB aspect of the event will be limited to Friday. Saturday will not permit BYOB, which are the same as rules from past years. One rule that is different from last year, is that bagged drinks will not be permitted. This comes from our first responder team, due to the safety of our patrons.
We strive to continually improve the event, and look forward to making this the best Chilifest yet. Changes to this policy are being updated, and more information on Pre-Sale and current rules will be available on our website as soon as possible.
The Chilifest Chairmen”
This is the lineup for this year:
Friday, April 5
John Hord Band
Shane Smith & The Saints
Saturday, April 6
Randy Rogers Band
Tickets are available online through the festival’s website.
Gates will open at noon on Friday, April 5th and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6th.
Chilifest is a festival in Snook that draws in more than 35,000 people each year and features performances from some of the biggest names in country music and rock. The event raises money for area charities.