The Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival is gearing up for its 29th annual event at Melody Mountain Ranch.

From Monday, April 24, through Saturday, April 29, more than 50 Texas country artists including Whiskey Myers, Brandon Rhyder, Gary P. Nunn, Sam Riggs, Clayton Landua, Radney Foster, Roger Creager, William Clark Green and Larry Joe Taylor himself will perform on three stages during the six-day event.

The festival is expecting more than 50,000 fans.

To accommodate the large crowd, there will be over 30 food vendors, two locations to buy ice, an ATM, showers and 500 portable restrooms.

Martha Taylor said one of the newest additions this year is a portable grocery store.

“This is going to be great for festival-goers,” she said. “The store will be selling all of the basic grocery supplies so it will be very convenient.”

Security also tops the list of important components of the festival.

“We have done some realignment at the front of the stage for added security and that’s a big focus for us,” Taylor said.

The festival has also teamed up with Tarleton State University to form a coalition, #SafeLJT.

“Tarleton purchased several thousand wristbands as a reminder to attendees to keep a buddy with you and stay safe at all times,” Taylor said.

Two shuttle services will also be available.

The Brady P. Pendleton bus and Donnie Hill with Cornerstone Assembly of God will provide 15 vans that will shuttle passengers to and from the festival.

“It’s a great service they are providing and we encourage everyone to use them,” Taylor said.

And if you are a cook and have a delicious chili recipe you want to show off, sign up for Saturday’s chili cook-off.

“We are expecting about 30 cooks and there is still time to sign up,” Taylor said. “The chili cook-off is how this whole thing started all those years ago - chili and music.”

Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit Morgan Mill First Responders.

Festival programs will be available at the gate by donation only.

Proceeds from the programs will be donated to Relay For Life of Erath County.

Pre-sale tickets are available on the LJT website from $85 for a five-day pass to $25 for a one-day pass. Six-day passes are sold out.

Tickets are also available at Signs & Designs, Stephenville Glass House, Barefoot Athletics and at the gate.