PantegoFest likely to be discontinued

The annual festival in the small township of Pantego is likely to get the axe from the city council

Zack Maxwell

The Township of Pantego will likely not continue its annual PantegoFest tradition.

Citing an incursion of “financial loss,” the Pantego Economic Development Corporation is recommending the Pantego City Council discontinue the annual festival, which features local vendors, cooking competitions and live music.

“PantegoFest has evolved over the years,” City Manager Matt Fielder told the Arlington Voice. “I think we’re going in a different direction.”

The township is considering holding more small events rather than a large event. Fielder said handling a big event can be “overwhelming” and that PantegoFest has never broken even.

“The intent was never to make money off it,” Fielder said. “But being self-sustaining is important. That’s why we’re considering smaller, more manageable events.”

Stormy weather negatively impacted attendance of last year’s festival.

The Pantego City Council must approve the final decision to cancel PantegoFest.