Bands kick off 2nd annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival

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On Friday a variety of musicians hit the stage for the second annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival.

The first day of the festival kicked off with six different musical stages, including country, bluegrass, rock, and a variety stage.

One of the festival's co-founders says they started this event to bring the community together.

Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival Co-Founder Van Arp says, "It's the key thing that holds the universe together so as far as I'm concerned, it's the universal language and when we all can come together in music regardless of our other political differences or anything else, to me that's a good thing."

Attendees could also check out the food and drink vendors as well as local artist booths -- including fire dance rock candles, sand-blasted stone art, homemade jewelry, and crocheted blankets and stuffed animals.

The festivities will start up again on Saturday from 10 to 5.