By CLINT FOSTER
Usually local folks have to drive over an hour into the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to attend a great music festival. But in less than a week, the citizens of Mineral Wells will get to experience some of Texas Music’s best in their own backyard.
For the first time in its 16-year history, Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering will go back to its country roots and set up camp on Hog Mountain in Mineral Wells from Thursday, Oct. 3, through Saturday night, Oct. 5. The festival will feature talented acts like Davin James, the Tejas Brothers, Deryl Dodd, Steve Helms and many others, all headlined by none other than Texas singer/songwriter Tommy Alverson. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day with music going straight from 2 p.m. to midnight.
According to a press release, the gathering is designed to appeal to a large, diverse audience while still retaining the feeling of a “Texas Music Family.”
“By carefully booking the right mix of talent and selecting the ideal location, the gathering has gained a reputation that mirrors the founder’s ideals: quality, honest entertainment that involves both the musicians and the fans that reflect the spirit that goes along with true Texas Music,” the release said.
Tickets are available for purchase online at outhouse.com or at the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce. Advanced three-day passes are $65 and individual day passes are $25 per person per day. All children 12 and under get in free.
Hog Mountain Retreat offers over 100 full campsites and plenty of room for all types of campers, motorhomes, and tents that people can use to best enjoy the festival. Call Hog Mountain at 940-682-6694 for more details. For those who don’t wish to rough it, Public Transit Services will offer free daily transportation to the festival from any of the hotels on the east side of town. This is thanks to grant to Hog Mountain Retreat from the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce.