Chuck Fest canceled for 2021, set to return October 2022

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 8:37 AM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The Chuck Fest Foundation has announced it has canceled its 2021 festival on Oct. 16.

In 2020, all large gatherings were canceled due to COVID, and now, in 2021, Chuck Fest is holding off for yet another year until Oct. 15, 2022.

“Just coming to put this thing together and trying to make all the pieces work and all the puzzle pieces fit, it just became an impossible thing,” Chuck Fest founder Dave Evans said. “Everything that we had on reserve as far as like generators, lights, tents - and that’s like 60% of the stuff we use. All of a sudden it’s not available.”

With the event being one of the area’s largest festivals, a lot of resources are needed to make it happen.

Organizers of the event said many of those resources are being put to use in Southeast Louisiana to help those in need after Hurricane Ida.

“All of a sudden, we felt like we were really selfish trying to throw a party to celebrate something that still needs a lot of help, you know,” Evans said. “We still have broken stuff everywhere. Our downtown area is still very hammered and broken.”

He said the people of Lake Charles are in need of something to pick up their spirits, but there is so much work left to be done here. And now, there’s a lot of progress to be made in Southeast Louisiana too.

“It’s coming and it’s day by day, little by little,” Evans said. “Everybody-everybody is on the recovery.”

The Chuck Fest Foundation has released the following statement:

Because Chuck Fest is one of Lake Charles’ largest festivals, the immense number of resources that we rely on to put on a successful festival are being used for life-sustaining operations in Southeast Louisiana and ongoing hurricane recovery in Southwest Louisiana. Lights, generators, and other electrical equipment that bring our festival to life are serving a greater need sustaining lives and livelihoods in both Southeast and Southwest Louisiana. Our volunteers, who are the backbone of Chuck Fest, are doing what they do best and giving their time to our neighbors to the east where it is needed most. If any community understands what they are going through, we know it’s our people of Lake Chuck.

The members of the Chuck Fest Foundation have worked tirelessly to find ways to make our 2021 festival successful, however, the cards are stacked against us once again. While we are heartbroken that we will not be able to see everyone in a few weeks, we look forward to celebrating with you all for our return to the stage on October 15th, 2022.

This decision was particularly difficult, as the restaurants, vendors, artists, and musicians that participate in our festival have had an extraordinarily difficult year. We remain committed to finding other ways to support those businesses and creators over the coming weeks and months.

We want to send our support to all event organizers in Southwest Louisiana and encourage Chuck Fest patrons to support and attend these upcoming fall events and festivals safely.

We can’t even begin to describe how heartbroken we are and how much dedication and effort our team has contributed to putting on this festival after the turbulent two years we’ve all experienced. Thank you to everyone who has supported Chuck Fest and our mission since day one. We ask for your understanding and support as we look forward to our return on October 15th, 2022.

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