Big State Festival Approaches

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Typically, the Texas World Speedway echoes the sounds of revving engines.

However, in four weeks, the track will be echoing the sounds of country music's top performers.

Texas World Speedway's General Manager Rusty Rush says there is going to be music as far as the ears can hear.

"There's gonna be five stages probably two active at any given time and that will be accommodating, I else around 50 performances," Rush said.

Among those performances, is the festival's headliner, Tim McGraw. Also in the music mix, the legendary Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen, and Aggie graduate Lyle Lovett.

Austin-based 3C Presents, is pulling out all the stops to make sure the Big State Festival is in a league all its own.

"They've invested in a very expensive watering system to keep the grass lush, because folks are going to be out here in their lawn chairs and blankets," Rush said.

Not to mention, a nascar demonstration, kid's activities, and a sports bar.

"These folks are practically going to bring in the largest crowd this track has ever had," Rush said.

Just how many--is music to the ears of Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau's President Barry Biggar.

"I believe they are looking at between 40,000 to 50,000 people," Biggar said.

The local service industry and hotels are preparing for the surge of visitors and they will be using the same strategy they put into play for Aggie football games.

"We're already well prepared and very capable of handling that amount of people in our area for a short period of time," Biggar said.

If you want be there you better act fast. Biggar says tickets are being snatched up. The Big State Festival is October 13 through the 14.

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