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Fans of all ages enjoy Hodag 2012 kickoff

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) -

Four days of music kicked off today in Rhinelander. Fans of all ages filled a spot in front of the stage to enjoy the first few performances at the Hodag Country Festival.

"It's a good time," Amanda Amon of Elkhorn said. The first day of performances will be one she will always remember. That's because she got to meet her country crush Jake Owen.

"I like his music a lot and he's a really good performer," she said. Amon won the opportunity through Owen's fan club.

And she wasn't the only one enjoying the shows Thursday night.

"I really don't know what to expect," first-time Hodager Eric Bieszk said. "I heard this was always a good time and it's close to my house so why not, right?"

But he's got a lot to learn. Just ask 25 year Hodag veteran Rosemary Kieper.

"Just make sure you've got your rain gear and some sunscreen," she reminded newcomers.

She said returning acts like Neal McCoy keep her coming back.

"I think this is his 17th year. He's one of my favorites," she said.

Both she and friend Jan said they can hang with the younger Hodag crowd.

"Oh I just join in and have the fun, too," Jan Cretens said.

Proof that good music can bring people of all ages together.

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