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Close to 10,000 people packed the
grandstands Wednesday at the Wisconsin Valley Fair, all to see
a big name in country music.
Twenty-one-year-old Hunter Hayes has only been on the
music scene for a little while, but he already has quite the fan
base. Some people waited more than 12 hours to see him.
Fans say the wait was well worth it as
soon as Hayes took the stage.
It was certainly a battle to get there.
Morgan Sweeney and her friends lined up around 7 a.m. to get the best
seats in the house.
"Right when we heard, we knew we
had to get here early," said Sweeney.
Fair organizers estimated close to
10,000 screaming fans packed the stage area at the fair in Wausau.
"People have been excited since 5
a.m. this morning I think. People started lining up down by the gate
and that excitement sort of continued and so it's really nice to see
everyone coming out to enjoy Hunter Hayes and coming out to enjoy the
fair," said fair administrator Maria Budnik.
The anticipation has only been
"Nine out of 10 phone calls were
about Hunter Hayes, when's the concert, when do the gates open, that
kind of stuff," said Budnik.
One fan said the minute she heard
Hayes would be performing, she bought tickets.
"As soon as I saw them, I knew I
had to get them and I asked them if they wanted to come with,"
said Bri Piepenbrok of Merrill.
Others at the concert haven't been fans for long.
"I just bought his whole album and
memorized the whole thing and I'm so excited," said Kira Salzman
That excitement showed as the arena
filled up with cowboy boots, signs, and screaming fans.
Fair organizers say the Hunter Hayes
show will probably be the biggest crowd they see during the fair.
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