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Jake Owen prepares to headline Way Out West Fest following Vegas shooting

The Way Out West Country Music Festival headlined by Jake Owen on October 14th at Southwest University Park will go on as planned. Courtesy Photo

Country music star Jake Owen is still set to headline El Paso’s country music festival weeks after he was on stage moments before a deadly mass shooting that killed more than 50 and injured more than 500.

Once Owen was safe, he tweeted to let his fans know he was OK.

Owen is scheduled to headline the Way Out West Country Music Festival in El Paso on Oct. 14. He took a brief hiatus after his last show in Las Vegas.

Special guests Canaan Smith, Walker McGuire and Brooke Eden will also perform. Event organizers say there will be a second stage where local country bands will perform.

Local bartenders will be participating in a margarita contest and people in attendance will get to sample and vote for their favorite chili.

Southwest University Park officials sent CBS4 the following statement on the festival and its security.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims, their families and friends, and the first responders involved in the tragedy in Las Vegas.

“The Way Out West Country Music Festival headlined by Jake Owen on October 14th at Southwest University Park will go on as planned. As with all events at Southwest University Park, the safety and security of our guests is a priority and we will continue to work closely with local law enforcement and to staff, plan and secure this building and our guests as we do for every event."

El Paso Police Department is involved in part of the event's security. They told CBS4 they will be present and visible during the festival.

They said they do look at events both across the country and the world that have an impact on citizen safety.

For tickets visit the Southwest University Park box office or online at www.southwestuniversitypark.com or by calling 915-533-BASE.

More information: www.epwayoutwest.com.

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