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Hunter Hayes fan fever at the Wisconsin Valley Fair

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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 building.

"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 of Weston.

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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