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A&M’s Chilifest

Evan Melman

Picture this, you are in a field in the middle of nowhere, live country music blasting through hundreds of speakers, and thousands of rowdy Texas A&M students. Over the weekend, my friends and I were offered a place to stay at A&M: a few square feet of a dorm floor. We were there for Chilifest; a music festival hosted by Texas A&M featuring tons of different popular country artists, such as Chris Young, Randy Rogers Band, Surfaces, and Muscadine Bloodline.

Surfaces, a relatively new band that originated in College Station, was one of the best performances. They performed some of their most popular songs such as “Sunday Best,” “Come With Me”, “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Mexico.” Chris Young’s highly anticipated performance had the crowd begging him for one more song, and he performed some of his most popular songs such as; “Famous Friends”, “Young Love and Saturday Nights” (which he waited until Saturday night to play), “Gettin’ You Home”, “Looking For You”, and “I’m Comin Over”. 

Notably, the food is delicious and pretty cheap for a festival. There was a wide variety of food including nachos, chicken tenders, funnel cake, crawfish, pizza, barbecue, and hamburgers. 

College Station is only 97 miles from Houston and once you’re in College Station, rides out to Chilifest are easy to come by. You can either Uber or catch a ride in someone’s truck bed, but they might charge you. Chilifest is located in Snook, Texas, but it’s practically just a field 15 miles outside of College Station, and once you’re there, there’s no wifi whatsoever. So your plans to get back to College Station should have already been made because you won’t be able to text or call anyone. 

We were fortunate enough to catch a ride with a friend, and I must say, there’s nothing quite like being in a truck bed going 70mph on a country road. With the line to get out of Snook, the 15-mile ride took around 45 minutes. Alas, don’t worry! We made it back to Houston safely all buckled up! 

If you want to visit a cheap music festival in the middle of nowhere with live music, good food, and good company, then Chilifest is the place for you. 

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Evan Melman, Reporter
Evan Melman, Reporter. Evan Melman is a senior at the Emery/Weiner School and this is his second year writing for The 9825 and his first year as a reporter. Evan is actively involved in the Emery/Weiner student ambassador program and is a member of Emery’s RC (Rock Climbing) and Cinema club. In addition, Evan enjoys reading and hanging out with friends and family. 

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