The Death of Lord Lucas the Alpaca is the Final Nail in the Coffin for Middlelands Music Festival
“TRF is always looking for new ways to bring fun and magic to the Houston area. That’s why we partnered with Insomniac, C3 Events and Live Nation, to create the Middlelands Music Festival on our grounds. Middlelands was a great success and brought over 60,000 people to the area from all over the country and the world. However, after a meeting with executive leadership and based on Texas Renaissance Festival’s overall mission, we’ve have made the decision to not move forward in hosting the event again.”
This was a statement from Texas Renaissance Festival manager, Terre Albert. The news doesn’t come as much of a shock as local residents and communities recently came out to say that the Middlelands Music Festival, which was held in May for the first time, was a “nightmare,” and was bringing in too much traffic and noise. Several calls were placed to the Grimes County Sheriff’s office to cease the commotion, yet it was not effective. However, what truly broke the camel’s back (or in this case, alpaca) was the untimely death of Lord Lucas.
Lynn Betts has been raising alpacas for the past 14 years, with her land being just half a mile away from where Middlelands had taken place. Betts claimed that the music festival killed one of her young alpacas, Lord Lucas, to which the veterinarian performing the necropsy confirmed that the alpaca had died from “persistent and loud bass” coming from the festival (which in all honesty, is how I want to go.)
All joking aside, the animal did indeed suffer from extreme stress from the music before it passed, leading to several more complaints about the festival and whether or not it should stay as part of the community. Ultimately, it was decided that the festival could not remain.
So what do you think about the decision by Texas Renaissance Festival? Are they justified in removing Middlelands Music Festival from the community? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
(RIP Lord Lucas. May you roam the fields of alpaca heaven for eternity.)
H/T: Digital Music News