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July 13, 2012

Fans wait more than 7 hours to attend concert

Justin Moore performs for Cass County audience

LOGANSPORT — T.J. Palmer headed to the Cass County 4-H Fair around 12:30 Thursday afternoon to wait nearly eight hours for the concert by country music artist Justin Moore.

“It’s been hot,” the Logansport man said. “I listen to Justin Moore, but this being the first concert in Logansport, I mean, I really wanted to be up close.”

The first-come, first-served seating at the tractor pull strip created a line of fans that stretched all the way to the vehicle entrance of the fair. Temperatures topped 90 degrees when fair officials started letting fans in at 6:30 p.m. for the show that started at 8.

“People just started showing up like pretty good at about 4 o’clock,” Palmer said. “That’s when they really started coming in.”

Heath Martin of Kewanna wasn’t exactly as excited as Palmer was to camp out for 7 1/2 hours until the show began.

“My wife drug me here,” Martin said, with a smile on his face, about his wife Tricia. “I don’t even like country music. She’s a big country music fan, and I’d rather be home in air-conditioning. It’s been hot, I’m sweaty and I’m ready to take a shower.”

So why head out to wait for more than seven hours in the heat and listen to songs he had never heard before?

“For the love of my wife,” he said.

Further in line, 14-year-old Santana Achor of Logansport could hardly contain her excitement for the concert to begin.

When her mother, Melanie, was asked whether she was excited for the concert to start, Santana said, “Heck, yeah, we are.”

The two came with friends at around 5 p.m. and could still see the front of the line.

“We still aren’t too far back,” Melanie Achor said.

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