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Wade Bowen Classic Returns to Waco With $200,000 Goal

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(KCEN) - Sixteen years and counting: A popular musician from Waco returns to his home town to raise money for charity groups.

It features nine bands, with hundreds -- if not thousands -- of spectators, all getting their groove on.

"Energy seems pretty sweet," said Michael Murphy. He just moved to central Texas from the East Coast a week ago.

This is his welcome to Waco.

"It's great that they're able to funnel money that they're making back to a good cause," Murphy said.

It's the 16th annual Wade Bowen Classic. Bowen's a Waco native, and has been coming back to his hometown to rock the streets for the last decade and a half.

"It's fun to come back to the place where it all started for me," Bowen said.

He gets bands to play for free; "Probably Randy Rogers and Wade," Robinson fan Caitlin Blackmon said of her favorites. "I can't really make a decision between the two."

All the money they raise goes to the Bowen Family Foundation. Then he gives that money to charity groups around Waco.

"You know that people are out there doing a lot of good for others, and you just try to help them," Bowen said. "And that's what the Bowen Family Foundation and this whole event is about."

There's also a silent auction, featuring several signed guitars, to bring in even more moolah. Plus food trucks, so fans can make it an all day affair.

"I love it; it's awesome," Lexi Steensen, at her first Classic, said. "Just a little hot."

But everyone braves the heat to raise money for the groups that need it.

"You love to see that," Murphy said.

It's all in advance of a golf tournament going on Monday that also raises money for some of these groups. Registration for teams is completely booked up, but you're allowed to watch. It's free and open to the public.

It's taking place Monday at 11 a.m. at Cottonwood Creek by the Central Texas Marketplace.

Every year they've held this event, they've raised record funds compared to previous years. Last year they raised $230,000 for victims of the explosion in West. Bigger-than-average crowds came out a year ago to support that community.

The goal this year is to raise at least $200,000-thousand dollars.
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