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Published June 14, 2009, 12:00 AM

Rockin' the countryside

WIBAUX, Mont. — Less than 100 people set up camp in a field here Saturday afternoon to be a part of the first-ever Field of Rock festival.

By: Ashley Martin, The Dickinson Press

WIBAUX, Mont. — Less than 100 people set up camp in a field here Saturday afternoon to be a part of the first-ever Field of Rock festival. Organizers expected more to show up into the evening.

Six bands performed throughout the day and into the night and War Machine, a KISS tribute band, headlined.

The event took place at “The North 40,” a 40-acre field north of Wibaux, Mont.

Those who dressed up like KISS were entered into a contest for a chance to win a signed guitar from War Machine. Everett Haggerty, 11, was the first to come to the festival wearing a KISS costume.

Haggerty said he helped his family design the costume and wore his black wig despite the heat, as temperatures climbed into the high 70s.

“He likes Gene Simons,” his mother, Cheryl Haggerty said, referring to the KISS band member. “I thought it was fun making the stuff.”

Haggerty said he was having a blast. War Machine from Glendive, Mont. is the band which attracted the Haggerty family, who are also from Glendive.

The festival was organized by ESP Productions. Becky Titus, vice president of ESP, said they just wanted to bring live entertainment to the area.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Cheryl Haggerty said. “It’s something to do as a family. There’s not always something you can do as a family.”

The first band to play was Phoenix, an all-woman rock band from Glendive. Members stayed after their show to jam out with the rest of the musicians.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Stefanie Huschka, singer and guitarist.

Members of War Machine showed up long before it was time to go on stage and partied it up with the locals.

“This is what we’re here for, to meet people and have fun,” said Tim Cerda, who portrays Gene Simons.

The band, which is from Detroit, had never been to Montana before. They said they were excited to be invited.

“It doesn’t matter if there’s 100 people or 2,000 people …they’ll get the best we have to offer,” Cerda said.

War Machine also performed outside of their KISS personas in a band called Illegal. They signed autographs for fans in Glendive Friday evening and got to know some of the locals.

The band has been playing for 21 years.

Camping was free and those who attended were encouraged to do so.

Titus said she was happy with the outcome of the festival. She hopes to make it an annual event.

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