Rocking Out West Texas Style

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Three days full of music and fellowship came to an end Saturday night. The 10th Annual "Rock The Desert Festival" drew in thousands this weekend.

The organizers of the Christian music festival say they rocked even harder than last year.    
Dallas, Montana, Florida were just some of the different places people traveled from to rock out in this year's three day concert.

The event began on Thursday and came to an end Saturday at festival field in Midland County.
While all the numbers aren't in just yet, organizers believe there were 3,000 to 4,000 more people in attendance this year than last.

On top of growing in numbers, veterans of the concert say they've also seen a change in who comes out.

Now teens and young people are enjoying the festival right alongside families.

"This year is going wonderful." Rachel Austin with Rock the Desert, said. "We had an amazing turnout we're up in numbers. We're estimating that there's going to be 18,000 to 19,000 people this year. This year we had an addition of metal night and it's just been a great turnout and a great year."

"As Christian artists instead of being in a church where people who are unchurched won't come to this gives them an opportunity to come out and feel non-threatened or pushed into something because there's not a religious affiliation," Kerrie Schoonvelt said. "I think this opens the door for those that just listen to the secular music to come into the Christian world and be just as open."

This year's festival included national and local artists like David Dunn, Skillet, and Casting Crows.

While the main focus was on the music that wasn't all that took place at this year's Rock the Desert.

Festival goers also donated shoes for orphans and tried to break the world record for largest line dance.