Formula Fest has crashed for the time being.
Organizers hoped a planned two-day concert would draw 50,000 people to Auditorium Shores in celebration of Austin's inaugural U.S. Grand Prix race in November. In recent weeks, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and additional City Council members had sponsored a resolution to allow the event on Nov. 16-18.
But a red flag went up today from Austin’s Junior League, a group of more than 2,000 women who dedicate time to charitable causes. Rather than go head-on with the League, City Hall decided to nix the Formula Fest proposal, and pull it from this Thursday's council agenda.
The Junior League’s objection? A conflict with its annual charity event, a popular holiday craft show called A Christmas Affair. The event has run for 36 straight years, all but one year at the Palmer Events Center, located next to Auditorium Shores.