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Special Note on Founders Day Festival from the Mayor of Dripping Springs

Note From the Mayor of Dripping Springs:


As many know by now, the Founders Day Festival Commission had to make the decision this week to cancel the 2021 festival. These are difficult and uncertain times and we know that this was not an easy decision for them to make.


Like all of us, they look forward to this annual event. The commission, along with countless volunteers, pour their hearts and souls into this annual event. Many of them have worked for years delivering a celebration of Dripping’s heritage and spirit. Many of them have friends who will not be able to participate in the Cook-off or perform or exhibit. Many of them have children and grandchildren who will not be able to view or participate in the parade and other wonderful events. All of them are hurting that they had to come to this conclusion.


The Commission spent many meetings looking at all options. I won’t go into all the factors that went into this decision, but it’s important to note that putting on this event does not happen overnight. It takes the volunteers months and months of preplanning. Along with the work, there are also many expenses that go into the planning. Many costs increased this year due to additional safety measures needed, with many of the expenses non-refundable. But the biggest factor was their key concern of having thousands of people in our wonderful City when we are in the midst of a pandemic.


As the Commission stated when making the decision, their top priority is, and will continue to be, the safety of their commissioners, volunteers, exhibitors, donors, contractors, and patrons of all ages. Holding it could put the volunteers’ health at risk as well as the health of thousands of residents and visitors.


We are a strong and caring community. It is why we love our wonderful city and why we live and work here. We’re almost through this challenge we’re all facing. Let’s continue to take care of each other and support each other. Let’s continue to support the many area non-profit organizations and churches that participate in Founders Day Festival as fundraisers to help our community, such as the Dripping Springs Cook-Off Club, The Dripping Springs Lions Club and St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church and more.


And let’s all support the Founders Day Commission and this difficult decision. I know their hearts and that’s why I also know one thing for sure: on April 22-24 in 2022, our little city is going to experience the best Founders Day Festival in the history of festivals!


All the best… stay well!

Mayor Bill Foulds, Jr.

2021 Founders Day Festival Has Been Canceled

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS January 20, 2021 – Due to safety concerns and COVID-19, The Founders Day Commission has decided to cancel the 2021 Founders Day Festival. Below is a Statement from the Commission:


The last twelve months have been very difficult for our nation, state, and beloved town of Dripping Springs. We keep in our prayers those who are battling COVID and those who have lost family or friends to the pandemic. During these unprecedented times, we are reminded of what matters most which is our health, safety, and well-being. With this in mind, and in the interest of public health, it is with heavy hearts that the Founders Day Commission has decided to cancel this year’s Founders Day Festival.


For over 30 years, thousands of people have gathered in downtown Dripping Springs for a festive celebration of heritage and pioneer spirit. The annual Founders Day Festival honors and celebrates the founding of Dripping Springs by the Moss, Wallace, and Pound families. The three-day jubilee kicks-off with a grand parade followed by a carnival, arts & crafts, food & drinks, a barbecue cook- off, and some of the best music from bands around the area.


This year, as a commission, we carefully explored and evaluated numerous options including scaling back, virtualizing, or postponing the event. After lengthy and thoughtful deliberation, it was determined we could not effectively ensure a safe environment and maintain the integrity of this unique Founders Day Festival experience. We also wanted to obviate any risk of Founders Day Festival contributing as a super-spreader event. Our top priority is, and will continue to be, the safety of our commissioners, volunteers, exhibitors, donors, contractors, and patrons of all ages.


We hope that our Dripping Springs community remains strong and resilient as we continue to face the ongoing challenges of COVID. Though Founders Day Festival 2021 has been canceled, our dedicated commissioners are passionate about bringing everyone an unforgettable Founders Day Festival next year. We can’t wait to see you back the weekend of April 22-24, 2022, enjoying your most cherished and anticipated event of the year!


Serving you,

Dripping Springs Founders Day Commission


Brenda Medcalf – Chair /At Large

Jake Adams – Vice Chair/At Large

Dee Marsh – At Large

Brian Daniel – At Large

Martin Garza – St Martin de Porres Catholic Church

Michael Monaghan – St Martin de Porres Catholic Church

Darrell Debish – St Martin de Pores Catholic Church

Sharon Goss – Lions Club

Susan Warwick – Lions Club

Brad Thomas – Lions Club

Clint Holtzendorf – Cook-Off Club

Brian Varnell – Cook-Off Club

Jeff Shindler – Cook-Off Club


If you have any questions, please reach out to or call 512-858-4725.

Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations to Trigger Capacity Limit Rollbacks under Governor’s Orders

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – New restrictions are set to take effect in Hays County as soon as Monday (1-11-21) following seven consecutive days of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations. As outlined in Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders GA-31and GA-32, bars must close, elective surgeries may need to be rescheduled, and many businesses must reduce their occupancy to 50 percent. 


What Is Executive Order GA-32? 


Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, which went into effect on October 14, 2020, states that when a Texas Trauma Service Area (TSA) has a high hospitalization rate, any business establishment that was operating at 75 percent occupancy limit must rollback to a 50 percent occupancy limit. 


Hays County is in TSA Region O, which also includes Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties. Region O has experienced a steady increase in people hospitalized due to the COVID-19 virus. 


“A high hospitalization rate is defined in the Order as seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of the total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent,” said Hays County Health Department Director Tammy Crumley. 


Region O’s hospitalization rate surpassed 15 percent on Sunday, January 3, 2021, and has increased since then. A rollback has not yet been mandated but is anticipated due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Hays County will further notify residents if the Texas Department of State Health Services issues a determination letter stating the region has become an area of high hospitalizations. This notice could be issued as early as Monday, Jan. 11, based on current hospitalization data. 


Read full press release and details here.




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