Music fans rock on at Gulfport Music Fest

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - "We're just having a wonderful time and happy to see the sun out," said Connie Bassler with a smile.

On Saturday, that was the mutual feeling throughout Jones Park, which was still recovering from Friday evening's heavy rainfall.

As the 4th annual Gulfport Music Festival kicked off its final day more and more fans came pouring through the gates.

"I think it's awesome that everyone's still out here. I mean, with all the rain and the muck, it's just amazing," said Erica Blum.

Blum came to the concert from Louisiana with her god-daughter, Brooke. She says the risk of a little mud on the feet means nothing when it comes to bringing people together for an event like this.

"Everybody's happy getting together. It's just a good time," said Blum.

The festival attracted thousands of fans from all over the country to the Coast. Some were even from out of the country, like Brian Axenchuk. He traveled all the way from Canada for this festival. He said there are not many concerts like this in his hometown.

"In the snow," said Axenchuk.

This is the second year for Axenchuk to come to this music festival. He says it's not just the music that brings him back, but the people he met last year at the event.

"We became good friends, and now we're hanging out all the time," said Axenchuk.

"He's stuck with us for life now," said one of Axenchuk's companions, Brittany Sellers.

Axenchuk and his new lifelong friends were among many to return to the festival for another weekend of rocking, but Winfred Forrest was enjoying the concert for the first time. He flew in from California for the show.

"It's pretty sweet. Everybody's just going wild and having fun, plain and simple," said Forrest.

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