Heart O' Texas Fair security tightens in wake of Vegas massacre

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The lineup for the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo Concerts remained intact as of Monday evening.

Two of the artists scheduled to play on the music stage were also on stage in Las Vegas over the weekend where a gunman opened fire on a crowd of an estimated 22,000 people at a country music festival Sunday from the high-rise Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino building.

Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 injured.

Edward Villanueva, a drummer for the Josh Abbott Band said he was on the bus when the carnage began.

"I called my mom, my dad, my wife and I talked to them on the phone and you know and just telling them you know this could be it and you could just hear the gun shots still going on -- rapid fire-- thinking it's just right there next to you."

Also at the concert was Michael Ray.

Both are still scheduled to play in Waco this weekend.

Wes Allison, Chief Executive Officer for the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo said, it will be business as usual with security protocols in place to keep folks.

Volunteers started using metal detection wands and checking bags for weapons last year.

That will continue this year.

Signs will be posted alerting fairgoers that there is a ban on guns and machetes.

He said there will be a police presence at the carnivals, coliseum, and at the concerts.

“None of us are immune to these types of acts and so we work very, very hard to ensure the safety for all of those who are attending the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo."

Preview night of the fair is this Thursday.

Josh Abbott Band is set to take the stage on Saturday.

Michael Ray is set to take the stage on Friday, October 13.

New this year, is magic money.

Instead of keeping up with tokens people can use a digital wristband where they can load cash on it from the Magic Money app.

In an effort to support Hurricane Harvey relief, fairgoers can purchase a Texas Strong bracelet.

The fair will match the amount made and donate it to help the disaster victims.