WJTV News Channel 12 - Near-record crowd for "Florida Georgia Line" at Appy Fair

Near-record crowd for "Florida Georgia Line" at Appy Fair

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A near-record crowd crammed into the Appalachian Fairgrounds Thursday night to see "Florida Georgia Line."

According to a fair employee, an estimated 65,501 watched the Country Music group perform.   Only Tim McGraw drew a bigger Appalachian Fair concert crowd, and Florida Georgia Line's crowd was bigger than Kenny Chesney's - an estimated 62,000, a fair official said.

"We did have a great night last night, we had about 65,500 here last night for Florida/Georgia Line, got Gretchen Wilson tonight and we're also expecting a big crowd.  For Saturday, it's open all day and we have Damian Vincent here so we're looking for a big night the next two nights," said Phil Booher, fair manager. 

Concert-goers overwhelmed roads around the Appalachian Fairgrounds including Interstate 26 where cars came to a standstill before reaching the Gray exit.   

"In all my years, I've never seen so many cars," one of the Sheriff's Deputies told News Channel 11 while directing traffic.

Gretchen Wilson will perform on the fair main stage Friday night.

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