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Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 11:59pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — George Strait made a stop in Las Cruces Saturday night on his farewell tour "The Cowboy Rides Away".
The country music giant performed before a sold-out crowd at the Pan American Center.
"It is bitter sweet," said self-proclaimed biggest fan Kristin Livingston. "I love him and we are happy to be here tonight."
Thousands came to see the living legend perform live for the last time in the region.
After a more than 30-year career, Strait announced last year he would no longer be touring.
"We came all the way from Midland, Texas just to see this show," said Joe Jordan, who was in town with his family.
Martina McBride opened up for the "King of Country" and even shared the stage performing together later in the evening.
Strait had performed in Las Cruces before, but with this being his final tour there was a lot of excitement in the arena.
"I think it caught Martina off guard a couple of times how loud everybody was," said Joseph Key from Lubbock.
The thousands in attendance cheered Strait onto the stage.
The award winning artist performed the classics, some of his new material and all his songs were fan favorites.
"All of them, I can't pick," said 9-year-old Lucy Castillo when asked which song she like the most.
After a two hour performance capped off with a very fitting "The Cowboy Rides Away" song fans were not disappointed.
"It was amazing," said Alyssa Torres. "It was beyond my expectations."