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Music fans camp out all weekend at third annual 'Outlaws and Legends'

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 23 2013 05:45:42 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Cowboy hats and cowgirl boots are associated with Texas life, but even bigger is country music.

The third "Outlaws and Legends" Music Festival was on it's second day at "Back Porch of Texas" on Saturday. This year's headliner is award-winning artist Merle Haggard.

More than 11,000 fans showed up the last two years and this year's show promises and even bigger, eager and excited crowd.  The grounds were lined with RV's and campers of people making the "Back Porch" their home for the weekend.

"We got out here about lunch time yesterday," said music fan Casey Graham. "We parked the RV and then we came and put our side up right here, started cooking and listening to the music."

Casey said the experience is made better by the people she meets and it's easy to become fast friends.

Music fan Gaylene Sanders said "I met (Casey) last night. I met her parents through some other friends and we all came out here as a group. I just love her."

For these devoted fans it's about one thing in country music, the story.

"You can find your dog, you can rewind, (talk about your) ex-wife, your grandma, anything...it tells you a story," said Graham. "Country music tells you a life story."

Gaylene said there was only one thing that would make the day perfect.

"I hope the sunshine come out," said Sanders.

However, even if it doesn't, she's prepared to be out at Back Porch all night.

The music ends at midnight on Saturday and the gates close on Sunday noon. Back Porch of Texas is located just north of I-20 in North Abilene along Highway 277. Tickets are available at the gate for $65.