Thousands Flock to Chilifest In Snook

It's the biggest party of it's kind in the Brazos Valley and Chilifest 2012 packed the roads and fields of Burleson County once again.

News 3 saw the spectacle in Snook.

It's a scene you'd find at spring break in Cancun or even South Padre, but this party is a celebration of country music in an otherwise empty spot in Snook.

Crowds were already pouring in at noontime to see Josh Abbott on stage Saturday.

Kurt Boring came every year for the festival during his time at Texas A&M and continues to make the trip from Austin.

"We're gonna be partying responsibly and listening to a lot of good country music," said Boring.

An estimated 35,000 to 40,000 people were filling this windy and dusty pasture with people coming from across Texas and beyond.

It's become a tradition for Caddy Mulligan and her friends from the University of Oklahoma.

A six hour drive from Norman couldn't keep them away.

"We went last year and it was so much fun and I'm really excited to see Billy Currington and we saw Randy Rogers last year and it was really fun so we wanted to come back," said Mulligan.

Of course it wouldn't be Chilfest without mass quantities of beer and come college-aged shenanigans too.

It's also a no refusal weekend with law enforcement cracking down on suspected drunk drivers.

Chilifest Chairman Matt Smith tells us more than 1,000 volunteers and 100 officers help with the crowds.

"What is special about Chilifest is there's not very many places you're gonna find all five of these acts coming out to one place in the middle of a field at one time," said Smith.

Even Bert and Ernie apparently took a detour from Sesame Street to hear some Texas Country Music.

"Every year Bert and Ernie are here. Next year Oscar and Big Bird are coming next year," said two guys dressed as Bert and Ernie.

A party in the pasture that puts the tiny town of Snook on the map as the place to be for revelry.

Chilifest also raises around $200,000 each year for area charities including scholarship money for high schoolers.

This year Chilifest turned 21-years-old.

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