LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Two massively popular events hosted by Dog Days at Lake of the Ozarks have been cancelled, and the restaurant’s owners and management want fans to know why they made the call.
Dog Days management announced on Tuesday that AquaPalooza—which had been set for July 18—and the White Party—which references the fact that everyone wears white to the event—had been cancelled. AquaPalooza draws thousands of boaters for a cove-out concert: boats fill the docks and extend out into the channel, and crowds of concertgoers lounge on floating mats and tubes to enjoy a day full of music. Dog Days General Manager Luke Hagedorn explained the decision to cancel AquaPalooza was a tough one, but said it was made with consideration for attendee safety as well as the bands scheduled to play. “We were cancelling five bands,” Hagedorn said, noting the cancellation a month before the event gives those bands time to make alternate plans, rather than a last-minute cancellation that might have to be made in case of a local coronavirus spike.
PHOTOS: AquaPalooza -- Huge Crowds Turn Out For Lake Of The Ozarks Concert On The Water
A sweltering July day brought a party on the water at Dog Days Bar & Grill, on Lake of the Ozarks, Saturday, July 20.
Plenty of boaters find the annual event a perfect setting to cove out, grab a drink, hop on a float, and listen to the music play.
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As for the White Party, Hagedorn pointed out the event traditionally draws a large number of Lake area food-service industry personnel. “All the bars [staff] are generally at that party,” he said. So if a concern arose about coronavirus related to any of those people at the party, it could potentially shut down a large percentage of the restaurants and bars on Lake of the Ozarks.