After being canceled last year, many large outdoor fall festivals are making a comeback, but a doctor says COVID-19 safety precautions are still important.
On Saturday, a line had formed before GrapeFest opened for the day. Inside the doors, hand sanitizer stations and masks awaited guests.
After a one-year hiatus, the festival is back for its 35th edition.
âThe turnout was fantastic and everyone is happy,â said Emily Henvey, spokesperson for the Grapevine Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We’re seeing a lot of online ticket sales right now, and more and more people are coming in. I think people are excited to be coming out.”
Mark Kissinger, who attended GrapeFest on Saturday, said he felt safe going to festivals because his family is vaccinated.
âThis is actually my recommendation, get vaccinated,â Kissinger said. “This is what you should do to prevent it from spreading.”
GrapeFest, which runs through Sunday, is one of the many big events taking place in North Texas this month. The Texas State Fair begins September 24, and Addison’s Oktoberfest runs throughout the weekend.
Dr Jo Anna Leuck cautions people not to be complacent at fall festivals.
Leuck, associate dean of the curriculum at Texas Christian University and the UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine, encouraged people to wear masks, even outdoors.
âJust think about how crowded these spaces are, with queues for food, rides and other things. It really is the safest advice, âsaid Leuck, who practices emergency medicine at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. âIf you are within 6 feet of others, and especially in a crowded space, continue to wear this mask, even if you re vaccinated.