Grass Fire at Texas World Speedway

By: Carmen Izzo & Pachatta Pope Email
By: Carmen Izzo & Pachatta Pope Email

Sunday is the last and final day of the Big State Festival. Gates opened at 11:00 a.m. with the first acts taking the stage at noon.

Despite concerns on Saturday regarding a fire in one of the parking areas, the festival stayed on beat.

Emergency vehicles from College Station and South Brazos County Fire Departments were on the scene just after 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon as dark smoke could be seen miles away.

Event workers stopped traffic so emergency vehicles could get to the parking area were the fire was burning. That parking is located outside the grounds of where the actual festival is taking place.

Concert goers were still allowed to come onto speedway grounds as crews battled the fire.

Fire officials say it looks as if a fire started in or around a car. No injuries were reported and firefighters were able to put out the blaze.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Despite the incident, festivities were not dampened. The opportunity to hear more than one country music artist at one time, was a chance fans like Katie Blackwell wanted to take advantage of.

"I go to ACL every year and that's really cool but here, with this country music, we have liked every band, back-to-back," Blackwell said.

Only one day into the inaugural event, Jackie Fossier says the festival has her looking forward to the second year.

"We had an awesome time and we're coming back next year," Fossier said.

Before thoughts can turn to the possibility of the Big State Festival returning, this year's headliners Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw will perform to close out festivities.


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