GUADALUPE COUNTY, Texas — Float Fest is an annual event near San Marcos that brings tens of thousands of people to Guadalupe County for a floating and music festival. But this year, the organizers will be forced to look elsewhere for a place to hold the event.

Thursday night, a Guadalupe District Judge denied the Float Fest organizer’s appeal for a permit, after the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court voted against the permit in January.

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Float Fest, which began in 2014 with around 5,000 people at Cool River Ranch, has grown to 20,000 people in 2018. This year, organizers were trying to get a permit for 25,000 people to attend the event – but they were denied.

Thomas Watkins – the lawyer for the event's promoter, Current Events, LLC – said the main concern officials had was safety. The road outside Cool River Ranch is a small, two-lane county road.

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Citing egress and ingress concerns, the district judge denied the appeal.

Now, Watkins said his clients will look for a different venue with better egress and ingress access.

Watkins said it's likely the event will take place in a different county, but they still expect Float Fest to happen this July.

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