We picked up the RV in Cleburne around 6pm Wednesday. As we got closer to Melody Mountain Ranch, the lightning and dark clouds got worse. We pulled under a gas station cover just in time... the hail started pelting the cars all around us. Thank goodness the rented RV was under a cover!
It finally stopped hailing, so we got back on the road, arriving at our campsite around 9pm. Our friend, James, was already at the festival and had taken cover under the acoustic tent with the majority of the festival goers. He said that although they were under the cover, the wind was blowing so hard, even the people in the middle were getting wet.
Len had promised to buy me a "birthday dinner" when we got to the festival, but since most of the concession stands closed during the storm, we ended up eating a birthday dinner of "fritos and bean dip"!
As soon as we got moving the next morning, we set out to find the "breakfast taco" vendor. Len & Dianne were enjoying their coffee and talking to the vendor about the storm the night before.
These kids were having a blast playing in the mud under the acoustic tent ----------------->
We wandered around soaking up the sunshine and visiting with friends.
The guys from Randy Rogers Band found their way over to our campsite.
Brady & Geoffrey ended up playing washers with some young rodeo guys.
Nathan Cross & his friend AJ came down from Oklahoma. We had alot of fun hanging out with them.
We ran into Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy during Johnny Cooper's set.
Thursday night's music lineup was awesome.
Johnny Cooper started the night out, then Brandon Rhyder and Jason Boland & The Stragglers.
Randy Rogers finished up the night and by the end of his set, there were some pretty rowdy drunks down front. I braved the crowd long enough to snap a picture of Randy on stage.
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It is "tradition" that after the official music is over for the night, many of the musicians "travel" to campsites and jam. We are very fortunate, because we have camped in the same spot for so many years, they all know where we are and usually come by ( and stay and stay and stay!).
On Thursday night, we had a whole bunch of talented guys playing around the campfire- including The Straggles, South Austin Jug Band and Deryl Dodd.
On Friday morning the music in the acoustic tent started off at the bright and early hour of 12 noon!
Josh Grider was first up and Drew Kennedy joined him for a song. After Josh's set, he sold cd's and signed autographs. I heard that he SOLD OUT of his cd's at the show. Not surprised... it is a great cd!
Susan Gibson (with special guest Michael Hearne) was up next. South Austin Jug Band followed Susan's set.
After South Austin Jug Band's set, we went to eat more junk food and headed back to the campsite to get ready for the evening's music.

Just as we were going down to the main stage area for The Band of Heathens, Wade Bowen and friends showed up at the campsite.
Nathan says to these cute little "hippie" girls.... "Wanna be famous?"
I saw this girl (on the left) walking by and couldn't believe she was wearing a Clubhouse shirt!
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Home, Sweet Home
Friday night's lineup on the main stage was just as good as Thursday's! Band of Heathens started things off, with Bart Crow, No Justice, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue & Reckless Kelly following them.
The crowd was having a great time!
Len & a security guard "messing" with the other security guards in the area.
Nacho (aka the Clubhouse mascot) seems to have put on a little weight :)
Cleaning out the trashcans before another night of campfire partying.
These campers were sitting around their "burn ban" fire
Are there really aliens flying over Stephenville? This guy thinks so!
Rick & Stephen Pointer swapping songs around the campfire.
I woke up Saturday morning and couldn't find a complete pair of either shoe... so I put on the ones I could find and headed out for a breakfast burrito.
I took some pictures of "the morning after" and we packed our things and headed back home.
It was another great year at the Larry Joe Taylor festival!
We always leave exhausted, but I am ALWAYS glad I went.
Already looking forward to LJT '09.
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to see some pictures taken by our camp"mate"
James Winsett.