-ready for Fan Fair!
The rest of the group joined us there: Jean & Tracey had
been to Memphis, Marie & Grace had been to Dallas and
the George Strait Festival, while Kim & Norrie had already
been to Canada! On the first day a very happy and excited
group set out to find the shuttle bus to the Titan's Adelphia
Stadium, where the main part of this year's Fan Fair was to
That's where the problems started: We stood in the wrong queue
for 20 minutes before anybody would put us right! Our shuttle
stop was up the road and round the corner, where we stood
for another 40 minutes! In the blistering heat and sometimes
in the pouring rain! (Yes, rain!) The waiting would be the
pattern for the rest of the duration of Fan Fair, how we wished
that the shuttles would run like they did the last time we
where there 2 years ago! Non-stop and you could get on and
off where you wanted! This time it was to go there, and back
at the end of the show, that was it! I have problems with
my knees , and there are people a lot worse off then me, goodness
knows how they coped! With great difficulty I would imagine!
and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State
Park and none of them exactly close together, and going to any
of them meant standing in a queue yet again!
The shows were to be at 3 different
the Riverfront Park Stages,
the Titan's Adelphia Coliseum
That first night we arrived at the Coliseum the sheer size of
it was simply awesome! It can hold up to 80 000 people! After
being checked in at the gate (to make sure we didn't have any
drink, not even water!) we found our seats, and were we glad
we were in the shade! Really, the sheer size of the place was
The show started sharp at 6pm with a very moving opening ceremony
with speeches from Marty Stuart, from Nashville's mayor, and
from the CMA's chairman amongst others! Then the Tennessee Pipe
Band played! Finally we got what ourselves and the 24000plus
other people had come for: The Kinleys, Joe Diffie, Montgomerie
Gentrie, Collin Raye, Patty Loveless, Billy Gilman, Ty Herndon,
Billy Ray Cyrus, Tammy Cochran, Charlie Robison and Travis Tritt.
Quite a line-up! My favourites that night were Patty Loveless,
Collin Raye and Travis Tritt! The evening, as all others did,
finished with spectacular fireworks!
Friday at the Adelphia saw the highlight for Danny: JoDee Messina!
She really was fabulous! Then there was Trace Adkins, Tracy
Lawrence, Mindy McCready, John Michael Montgomery, Sawyer Brown
and Trick Pony! This was our first sighting of Trick Pony, they
The next day we decided to go to Nashville's Convention Centre,
where the star's booth where! Some of them where pretty spectacular,
but again walking and waiting - and very few seats to have a
break! You had to get a ticket to stand in the queue for the
In the evening it was back to the Adelphia, this time it was
the turn of Gary Allan, Jessica Andrews, Terri Clark, Vince
Gill, Jamie O'Neal, Rascal Flatts, SheDaisy and Trisha Yearwood.
Loved Gary Allan, Terri Clark and of course Vince Gill! (A good
night, but now I know why they sell the Fan Fair cushions, the
seats were getting pretty hard!)
The next day we decided just to walk to the Riverfront Park
Stages, it was hot, very hot! We thought it would be worth it,
but when we got there, we found no seats - no shade and the
Buds where $6.00!! We never made it back there again!
Before we knew it the last day was on us.
the day we finally made it to the new 'Country Music Hall
of Fame andMuseum'. What a place! Its very modern and
airy and huge, would have loved to have spent more time
there, but it again meant more - yes, walking! My feet
by that time really bothered me, so I have to leave it
until the next time to have a better look and spend more
time there! A lot of work and thought has gone into the
displays, there also are video clips from all the stars,
you press a button and they talk to you! Modern technology
at its best!
evening was an early start at 5pm at the Adelphia , first
one on was Alan Jackson. (I wonder how many people missed
him, Tracey??). What a show he put on, hmmm, what a hunk!
(..sorry about that!)
Then it was Sara Evans, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Tracy Byrd,
Andy Griggs, Kenny Chesney and he had a surprise and was
joined by his best mate Tim McGraw (the whole place went
wild!), Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw did 2 songs (may
be their new restaurant was needing them!), Brad Paisley
brought the house down, then Phil Vasssar and what about
Lonestar! What about the little blind boy who joined them
on stage and sung with him word perfect? Not a dry eye
in the house! What a great evening and finish to Fan Fair
were a lot of moans and groans from most people we spoke
to and the same people felt that it had a better atmosphere
at the Fairgrounds where everything was in the same place
and you could wander around and see everything. Things
were simply too far apart, a lot of work has to be done
on a workable and comfortable shuttle service. A good
point was that everything was nearer the shops, restaurants
and after hours entertainment!
So, good points and bad points! The organisers say: Its
here to stay, but give us a chance and we'll sort the
problems! Things do and will change, things don't stand
still! So I suppose we should give them the opportunity
to do just that! All in All I wouldn't have missed it
for the world! Will we be back? You bet!
Next morning at 8 am it was: Branson - here we come! But that's
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