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Thunder In The Country

This coming weekend the 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.

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  1. Stock up on everything you need, and if PaPa Bear can take a day off (I know, probably not) just stay home, hunker down and enjoy the music!

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    1. I wish Papa Bear could take the day off, Joe, no such luck, he only gets one Saturday off a month. I like to get out and run errands and such too, since I am stuck inside an office building Mon-Fri. I agree though, this is a good weekend to stock up and settle in. :-)

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  2. This is the spirit of America: communities coming together to help support each other. It is just a for a couple of days. Pray for those affected by the tragdy & the safety of those involved in the fundraiser. God bless them.

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    1. The concert is indeed and awesome thing McGuffy Ann, and I'm sure the music will be great if country is your thing. We have so many wide open, easily accessible spaces here though, it would have been nice if they would have chosen a better spot. The promoter owns the land where it's being held and he has big dollars so he wins. :-/

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  3. What Joeh said. I was thinking the same thing. Good time to just stay home.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. That's right Sandee, I most definitely won't be making multiple trips down the highway this weekend. That means I have to get organized and plan ahead... oh dear, I wonder if I remember how to do that! :-))

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  4. I agree with Joeh and Sandee. That's what I would do, too.

    Have a great Thursday!

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    1. Hi Dana! I don't think there will be a lot of choice in the matter, unless I want to inch my way down the road amidst the concertgoers. It is only for one weekend though, so I can always be thankful that 51 weekends out of the year are very quiet in our little corner of the country!

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  5. Now this is a Small Small World!!! Howdy, Texas Gal and WestTex Neighbor! I'm originally from Monahans and know Gardendale, Odessa, etc. very well. What a great event for the support of West, Texas. Yep, ya'll stock up, soak up, and stay safe during the event.

    I'm on The AtoZ RoadTrip, and I'm so glad to find another AtoZer from Texas. I'm in San Angelo. So nice to meetcha!!!

    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    Rattlesnake Butte on AtoZ RoadTrip

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    1. Well Howdy Sue! How fun that you are a fellow West Texan! Hopefully it will turn out to be a nice, relaxing weekend and everyone will have a great time! Fingers crossed!

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  6. sounds like a bit of a load... but for a good cause.

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    1. The turnout was much smaller than they anticipated, Shimon, for many reasons including the extreme heat this weekend, and the entry cost, but I'm hooping they did raise some money to help out!

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