Music City, USA

 

Dorina Larsen Bauer

 

Dorina and Cowboy

I have been a Country music fan for many years. I had always wanted to go to Nashville, Tennessee for Fan Fair, but being a New York City schoolteacher, it was impossible to go. School always ended on the 27th or 28th of June. This year I have been on sabbatical and decided in the beginning of April that I would go to Fan Fair.

 

Fan Fair is the World’s biggest Country Music Festival. There are star packed concerts, autograph sessions and photo opportunities with the stars of Country Music.

I called and ordered a ticket package for $125 a person. That was for seeing 4 nightly concerts with top performers sitting in Adelphi Stadium. For only $20 more I purchased a parking ticket good for all day parking at the Adelphi Stadium and took the air conditioned shuttle buses into town. The buses had clear sailing on certain roads and made the trip in less than 10 minutes. Each Stadium concert was a minimum of 4 hours long. Plastic stadium seats can get quite hard by the end of each night.

South65

Jo Dee Messina

 

Some stars performed for 25 minutes, others performed for 45 minutes. I’ll only name some of the stars we saw:

 

Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Jessica Andrews, T. Graham Brown, Tracy Byrd, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans, Donna Fargo, Vince Gill (one of my favorites, whom I have seen performing 3 times), Billy Gillman, Alan Jackson (another one whom I have seen perform before), Sammy Kershaw, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Lorrie Morgan, Stella Parton (Dolly’s sister), Randy Owen of the group Alabama –we saw him eating breakfast in downtown Nashville one morning, Collin Raye, Sawyer Brown, South 65, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Kitty Wells and Trisha Yearwood just to name a few.

 

The list is endless. The stars mingle freely among the crowds.

 

Sawyer Brown

 

 

In addition to the 4 nightly concerts there were other activities going on. There were free afternoon shows on the Riverfront stages on the banks of the Cumberland River, a Fan Fair Carnival going on daily at the Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park, A City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, a National Barbecue Championship Cook-Off, autograph signing in the Nashville Convention Center, radio broadcasts around town in various areas, and if you had any energy left at the end of the day there were the After Hours Clubs to hear up and coming stars.

 

The temperature was around 90 degrees daily and the humidity was just as high.

We purchased tickets to see additional shows at the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry House. We decided that if we were to go to Nashville’s Fan Fair again, after I retire, we would not purchase Stadium tickets. We feel the noise volume of the music was too loud and the seats were too hard. We’re too old for Stadium concerts. We would spend our money on all the air-conditioned concert halls.

 

Since this was not our first trip to Nashville, we bypassed a number of tourist things to do. My husband took many pictures of the stars in the stadium, but unless you were right in front of the performing stars, they came out too small. I have only a few pictures here. If you are a country music fan, I would recommend a visit to Nashville, Tennessee for Fan Fair in the middle of June 2002. Tickets went on sale for Fan Fair on the last evening of the 2001 Concert.

 

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