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Questions over future of Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic

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Longtime fans of the Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic are worried about its future in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The famous Nelson picnic has been in existence since the early 1970's and Nelson made Fort Worth its home a decade ago.

But redevelopment talk for the stockyards had some partiers concerned this year.

The land where the picnic is held could potentially be affected by the proposed stockyards redevelopment project. It’s a planned $175 million venture to include a mix of retail shops and hotels.

“I first went to one in 1974 and development for the Stockyards is good, but this event, leave it alone," said Alan Betik.

The Fort Worth City Council last month gave its initial approval during a crowded meeting with most attending in opposition to the development.

Now the council is navigating the redevelopment process – a balancing act with the developer’s wishes and a strong push to preserve the stockyards tradition.

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