It’s called Country Thunder U.S.A. and it did.
An unprecedented three days of soggy Texas weather tried to put a damper on Country Thunder’s outdoor mega concert south of Waxahachie this weekend, but die-hard country music fans just reveled in the rain.
Thunderstorms moved through the venue Thursday, collapsing the VIP tent and injuring one person slightly. Friday’s concerts were officially cancelled.
“We are going tonight. We are going tomorrow,” master of ceremonies Steve Wood said early Saturday afternoon. “The only reason we shut it down Friday was a safety concern.
“George Strait and all of the artists will be here this weekend unless Mother Nature dictates otherwise. We’re urging people to come on out.”
But fans were treated to an impromptu mini-concert by Chris Young on Friday afternoon, when he pulled out an acoustic guitar and played a couple of songs for the crowd. Young also hung around after the event to sign autographs and have his photo taken with fans.
One of the young, new country music talents out of Nashville, Young’s latest hit is “Drinkin’ Me Lonely.”
The decision to cancel Country Thunder on Friday was made after heavy rains saturated the black-gumbo earth at Thunder Ridge Ranch near Avalon.
Country Thunder officials said Friday tickets would be honored at Saturday’s or Sunday’s show and parking fees would be reimbursed by the business that sold the customer his or her ticket.
Country Thunder opened the gates Saturday morning to gray skies and made every effort to put on the much anticipated country music bash in a big hayfield near in southern Ellis County.
Reba McEntire and Cross Canadian Ragweed were scheduled to perform Saturday night and George Strait was expected to close out the event Sunday but was rained out.
Amanda Casey of Waxahachie and Shaun Callaway of Midlothian were among those braving the weather on Saturday.
“I like it, it’s adventurous,” Casey said. “I’m here to see Pat Green, George Strait and Brad Paisley.”
“We’re dressed and ready for the weather,” Callaway said. “We intend to be here all weekend. We got here this morning and are enjoying the music.”
The nation’s premier country music and camping festival features a massive lineup of traditional and modern country-music stars on three stages. The event also has a variety of vendors and food booths hawking their wares.