Texas Thunder Country Music Festival is taking place here. The three-day festival has been organized as a fundraiser for the people of West, Texas - the city where the fertilizer plant explosion recently occurred. Texans helping out fellow Texans - that's a good thing!
What's not so good? Well, this event is being held less than three miles from our house and they are anticipating a crowd of over 20,000 people! Primitive camping spots will be available, and it is guaranteed to be an all out party atmosphere - alcohol included. We will most likely be able to enjoy the music from the comfort of our hot tub, so I hope we like the bands! Papa Bear has to be up early for work on Saturday morning; hopefully his ear plugs will be sufficient if the bands play late on Friday night!
Our biggest concern is that the festival site is just off Highway 158, the small rural highway that runs East-West just a mile from our house. It is the ONLY road accessible to us and to everyone attending the concert, and it is by no means equipped to handle that kind of traffic! Additionally, there are only two tiny convenience stores in Gardendale, that's it for amenities. This means many of the weekend concertgoers will likely be travelling to and from Odessa or Midland if they want to stay in hotels or eat something other than what food vendors have available. Bottom line... we anticipate of weekend of traffic problems and noise... hopefully we'll survive it. Praying that everyone in attendance survives it too, and that there are no serious accidents or fatalities - we've had enough deaths on that stretch of highway already. I'll let you know how it goes.